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Australian government withheld knowledge of Prism program

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The Australian government was aware of the US National Security Agency’s top-secret Prism program at least two months before the Guardian revealed its existence to the world. A freedom of information request by the ABC has confirmed officials in the Attorney General’s Department prepared a secret briefing for the minister on Prism in March 2013, more than …

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Australia prepping ‘contingency plan’ for Assange US extradition

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Australian officials have confirmed that the country’s diplomatic mission in Washington has been prepareing for Julian Assange’s possible extradition to the US, but called it “contingency planning.” The country’s authorities say there is nothing unusual in the move, as the must be ready for all eventualities. “The embassy is doing …

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Australia and US spied on Indonesia during UN summit

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (left) and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (left) and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Australia and the US worked side by side on a large-scale joint surveillance operation on Indonesia, during the 2007 UN climate change conference in Bali, a new report from the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, has revealed. In 2007, …

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Assange officially applies for the Australian Senate elections

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has submitted his application to the Australian Electoral Commission. This is the first step in his attempt to become an Australian senator in September 2013 elections in Victoria state. The electoral enrolment application was handed to the Australian Electoral Commission in Melbourne on behalf of Assange …

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US and Australia in cahoots for years over Assange intel

Australia has been handing key intelligence on Julian Assange to Washington for over two years. Newly-released cables indicate the US conducted an “active and vigorous enquiry” as early as 2010 to ascertain if they could try Assange for espionage. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) revealed it …

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GMO alert: Eating GM wheat may destroy your liver, warn scientists

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Genetically engineered wheat contains an enzyme suppressor that, when consumed by humans, could cause permanent liver failure (and death). That’s the warning issued today by molecular biologist Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury in Australia. Heinemann has published an eye-opening report that details this warning and calls for rigorous scientific testing on animals …

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Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum in dramatic standoff

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Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The decision comes almost two months after the world-famous whistleblower came to the country’s embassy in London seeking protection. “We have decided to grant political asylum to Mr. Assange,” said Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. “We can state that he …

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Australians prepare for rollout of full body scanners in July 2012

As expected, the Australian Federal Government has just approved the roll-out of compulsory full body scanning for passengers passing through Australia’s international airports. The bill also enables future governments to update the technology (without restriction), and prohibits images or personal information from being stored or transmitted. Australia’s minister for Transport, …

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Apple Australia refuses to sell products to Iranian customers

Following discriminatory policies of Apple towards Iranian customers in the US, the company’s employees in Australia have also refused to sell their products to Iranian customers. [youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7KDRbO01u8&feature=g-u-u[/youtube] Sydney student Mahsa Javam was denied Apple products at an Apple store in the Sydney suburb of Castle Hill, where she …

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Australia to lead the way in ending high-frequency trading

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ASX chief executive Elmer Funke Kupper believes that Australia can lead the world in eliminating the evils of high frequency traders who are creaming money from retail investors and those who manage retail money. On close questioning by the KGB, Funke Kupper agreed that if this move fails, the ASX …

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Australian activist defeats spy cameras in landmark case

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Expansion of the global surveillance grid was dealt a major blow in Australia last week after a legal challenge by an individual against the State of New South Wales brought about a landmark ruling. A local resident opposed to the introduction of CCTV cameras successfully proved that public surveillance carried out by …

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Australian Bitcoin bank hacked, $1.3million stolen

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An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history. The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at …

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Indonesia recalls its Australian ambassador after phone tapping of President

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia is recalling its ambassador to Australia over allegations that Canberra listened in on phone conversations of the Indonesian president. Indonesia said the ambassador was being called to Jakarta for“consultations”. The move by Jakarta comes as the Australian Department of Defence and the Defence Signals Directorate, or DSD, (now known …

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Byron Bay upholds ban of toxic fluoride from water supply

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An outstanding ban on artificial water fluoridation has been upheld in the Australian coastal town of Byron Bay, located in New South Wales, following a heated encounter among local residents, scientists, dentists and city officials. The Fluoride Action Network reports that the Byron Shire Council ultimately ended up voting five-to-three to uphold …

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CIA and Rockefeller funding Greens party in Australia – Clive Palmer

Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has accused the Australian Greens and Queensland environmental campaigners of “treason” in conspiring with US powers to destroy the nation’s coal industry. Mr Palmer is concerned with the perceived collusion between the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency and the environmental lobby. Mr Palmer turned his …

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia hires G4S to spy on politicians

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An undercover surveillance operation ordered by the Commonwealth Bank has embroiled the institution in a spying scandal, with senior MPs monitored and photographed by private detectives investigating one of its critics. The bank hired security firm G4S to conduct ”Operation Lantern”, round-the-clock surveillance on consumer advocate and anti-banking lobbyist Michael …

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