My response to this, when I finally processed the information last week, was the reflex American gesture of buying more stuff. Like those spreads in Real Simple magazine, which urge consumers to declutter by ordering a lot of bins and containers, the plastic bag ban is a solid opportunity to shop while feeling virtuous. I could, at this stage, give you chapter and verse on the relative merits of foldable canvas versus stiff-sided reusable bags, plus the freezer bag option, and I’m on the fence about wheels. Anyway, I’m excited about a bunch of bags with cool patterns being delivered to my house on Friday. … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
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So how would these laws work? We have many examples of intelligence reporting that could be caught within the scope of such an offence. Say, for instance, the bugging of East Timorese leaders during their negotiations with Australians were to happen today. If it were declared a ‘special intelligence operation’ – a process which only involves approval from the attorney general – reporting of the fact this bugging occurred, the details around it, the nature of the surveillance, could be caught within the scope of this offence. The same could equally apply for reporting the Indonesian president’s phone was targeted by Australian intelligence agencies, if it were declared a special operation. … [Read more...] about Journalists and whistleblowers will go to jail under new national security laws
Brandis said this measure filled a gap in existing legislation whereby it was not unlawful for an officer of Asio to illicitly copy or remove material from Asio. He said it was already an offence for officers to disclose confidential information to a third party, punishable by up to two years in jail, and that penalty would increase to 10 years. … [Read more...] about Journalists will face jail over spy leaks under new security laws
In the two months before Thursday night’s vote, the “threat” of terrorism has been splashed across the front pages of newspapers in Australia. The media hype about the threat of “foreign fighters” has been deafening. But in reality, we are talking about some dozens of Australians who chose to volunteer in wars in Syria and Iraq and might possibly come home one day. … [Read more...] about The Coalition’s national security laws herald a new era in the Australian security state
The third and last bill, expected later in the year, would introduce a mandatory data retention scheme where telecommunications and internet providers are required to retain personal data for two years. Australia already allows warrantless access to this type of data, which has raised serious concerns about protecting journalists’ sources when communicating over the phone or internet. … [Read more...] about National security laws ‘strike at the heart of press freedom’