Christian Brethren sued for barring camp to gay group

From The Age.Com.Au The youth support group said it wanted to help gay youth tackle homophobia. The way the Christian Brethren understood it, allowing the promotion of a homosexual lifestyle at a campsite they owned was against the word of God. Cobaw Community Health Service is seeking compensation from Christian Youth Camps Ltd, claiming its decision to refuse members of its Way Out project to camp at a Phillip Island resort in 2007 Continue Reading

Chinese Style Internet Censorship On The Way To Australia?

From Prison Planet.Com The Australian government is set to intensify its war against Internet freedom by forcing web users to install state-approved anti-virus software. If they fail to do so, they will be denied an Internet connection, or if their computer is later infected, the user’s connection will be terminated. “Australians would be forced to install anti-virus and firewall software on their computers before being allowed to Continue Reading

The Next Generation May be ‘Chipped’

From PC World.Com You may reject the idea of a microchip implant, but your grandchildren could embrace them, according to an Australian professor. Katrina Michael, associate professor of the University of Wollongong's school of information systems and technology, and author of scientific paper Towards a State of Uberveillance, said subdermal chip implants in humans could be commonplace within two to three generations. But at present, Continue Reading

Meet the face of Big Brother in Australia

From Daily Telegraph.Com.Au The State Government is quietly compiling a mathematical map of almost every adult's face, sharing information that allows law enforcement to track people by CCTV. Experts said yesterday few people realised their facial features were being recorded in an RTA database of drivers licence photos that the Government has allowed both state and federal police to access. The federal body CrimTrac has asked NSW for Continue Reading

Australia faces huge locust plague

From Times on Line.Co.UK Farmers across the Australian Outback have been warned of a potential explosion of locusts in the coming months, after a plague of millions of the grasshopper-like insects swept across four states earlier this month. Millions of the quick-breeding and fast-moving insects have damaged crops and caused havoc in country towns by infesting parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia – covering Continue Reading

The Age of Indoctrination

From Rubin Reports The Age of Indoctrination Posted: 02 Mar 2010 04:24 AM PST By Barry Rubin A reader of my articles on the fourth grade sends me this article from Australia about the proposed new curriculum for that country's schools in the ninth grade. According to the government's spokesman on education, that is the Labour party not conservatives, the plan is a terrible one: ''While there are 118 references in the document to Continue Reading

Stopping the terrorist among us

From Koinonia House STOPPING THE TERRORIST AMONG US Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a long-awaited counter-terrorism white paper on Tuesday warning that the threat of home grown terrorists in Australia has increased. The US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made even stronger statements Sunday when she said that in 2009 the terrorist threat shifted from international terrorists to those from within the United States. Continue Reading

Privacy fears grow as police database grows

From smh.com.au Private details of more and more people are finding their way on to databases used by the nation's police. Information about licensed drivers and car owners are to be added to a network that already holds nearly 9 million police records. Police say it makes their job faster and safer, but critics warn of the potential for the misuse of such mountains of information. The National Police Reference System was introduced Continue Reading

Australia moving towards a cashless society

From The Australian.com.au Signs are emerging that Australia is moving towards a cashless society, with the number of consumers making ATM cash withdrawals dropping to the lowest point in more than six years. Data from MWE Consulting, which specialises in debit and credit card analysis, showed that debit card ATM withdrawals per account fell about 6.3 per cent to 2.39 a month last year. That compared with 2.55 in the previous year and 2.62 in Continue Reading

Will Christian sites be blocked by Australia’s New Internet filter?

From The Age.Com.Au The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet. But critics, including the online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the Continue Reading