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JULIAN ASSANGE AND THE WAR ON ‘OUTSIDERS’

I am yet to hear a single member of Australia’s mainstream corporate media, speak out in defence of Julian Assange, or his rights as a citizen and journalist.

Many prefer to discredit and demean him in the public’s mind at every opportunity.

One reason for this is because Julian Assange is, and always was, an ‘outsider’.

And ‘outsiders’ are the ‘enemy du jour’ of Australia’s increasingly authoritarian establishment class.

Not only are ‘outsiders’ difficult to control, many simply refuse to go along with the ‘ruling consensus’ on any given topic.

Even worse, most display an unhealthy obsession with ‘uncovering the truth’ and debating the issues.

The Australian media wants none of that.

They would far rather protect their own ‘insider’ role as purveyors OF the ‘consensus’, than stand up for an outsider like Assange, who dedicated his life to EXPOSING its lies and corruptions.

Someone, incidentally, who produced more breaking major stories than ALL Australia’s journalists combined.

At the end of the day, unless you are ONE OF THEM, human rights and press freedom just don’t apply.

Which begs the question – by what right do these media ‘gatekeepers’, and their government-corporate overlords, get to decide who is and isn’t a journalist?

EVERY citizen has the right to call themselves a ‘journalist’ once they take on the role of reporting vital facts and information that is in the ‘public interest’.

It should NOT be an honour bestowed on you by a select group of ‘insiders’, who like to pose as a highly credentialed ‘priesthood’ class within the establishment power structure.

That is NOT how a free and open democracy is supposed to work.

The same goes for those within Australia’s two major parties, who have been just as silent on Assange’s plight – bar one or two notable exceptions, like One Nation’s George Christensen.

Today it is the members of One Nation and all the other minor parties and independents, who make up this country’s last group of true ‘political outsiders’.

That’s why the establishment classes hate us so much and why they have joined forces to make sure we are all sidelined and silenced in this election.

None have dedicated themselves to making sure this happens, than the very same hostile media establishment who have for years ignored the persecution of Australia’s ultimate outsider – Julian Assange.

BUCKLE UP AUSTRALIA, AND BRACE FOR IMPACT!

Social media images are showing an unprecedented traffic jam in the East China Sea as thousands of cargo ships have been brought to a standstill outside the port of Shanghai.

Ships can be seen standing all the way out to the open sea, several kilometres away.

Shanghai is one of China’s largest manufacturing centres and home to the largest container port in the world, with a major airport serving inbound and outbound air cargo.

Today, its factories and warehouses are closed, the roads are empty and the city’s port and airport have come to a complete halt.

It’s not just Shanghai either.

In Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, tens of thousands of factories are either shut down or operating at reduced capacity.

Kunshan — a big production centre for electronics— is closed until late April. Part of Taicang, another manufacturing area in Jiangsu province, is also closed.

Volkswagen and Toyota shut down their manufacturing plants in Tianjin last week due to a lack of parts.

Manufacturing hubs in Vietnam and Cambodia are also running out of vital Chinese-made components for their manufacturing.

Pharmaceutical companies in India, who source 70% of their active ingredients from China, say they are running out of supplies.

Within 60 days, stock everywhere is going to run down and it won’t be replaced – not for some time.

Australia is probably one of the most China-dependent countries in the world.

Everything from our cars, agricultural machinery, iPhones, computers, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, comes from China.

It provides 90% of our fertilisers, 100% of our manganese, 86% of our semi-conductor imports, 82% of porcelain toilets/basins, 75% of lighting, 72% of generators and 69% of computers.

The list is virtually endless …

Australia makes virtually NOTHING – nothing useful anyway, and definitely not at scale.

We lost our whole industrial commons to China decades ago, and with it went our collective R&D and our engineering/manufacturing capabilities.

We lost suppliers, skilled trades, and all the product/process design and engineering know-how built up over generations.

Instead, we became a ‘service’ economy.  ‘Services’ tied to the biggest and longest-running housing bubble in history.  All fuelled by debt.

Today, we are a net importer of processed fruit and vegetables.  A net importer of seafood and a net importer of steel.

That’s right.  We export iron ore and coal to China for processing into steel, then import it back for our construction industry.

Go figure.

It all happened under the watch of three key Prime Ministers – Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard

Bob Hawke is dead, but Keating and Howard are very much alive.

I’d say BOTH of them have a lot of explaining to do.

AUSTRALIA’S COVERT WAR ON FREE SPEECH, ONLINE ANONYMITY AND INDEPENDENT MEDIA PLATFORMS

The Federal Government has outdone itself with the new “Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2021.

The Bill removes every inbuilt protection around privacy and free speech, contained in the original Act.

If passed, the new laws will force social media companies to unveil the identity of anonymous users when presented with a court order to do so.

This means social media companies like Facebook and Twitter will be compelled to collect and verify the “identity and relevant contact details” of all their Australian users, and disclose them to authorities when required.

And so will their much less connected or wealthy competitors in the independent and alternative media platforms, like Parler, Gab, Rumble and Telegram!

Another change will be the new requirement for foreign social media companies with more than 250,000 Australian users, to establish an Australia-based ‘entity’ or subsidiary; placing them under the direct control of our power-hungry government, and its ‘enforcement’ agents.

While Facebook, Google and Twitter may be happy to police its platforms on behalf of the Australian government, it is questionable whether independent platforms like Telegram and Gab, will be.

Telegram in particular, has built a loyal following worldwide for upholding the principle of free speech and protecting its users’ identity in the face of enormous pressure from elites everywhere.

As usual, the pretence for this latest intrusion on the rights and liberties of Australians, is that it is all being done for OUR benefit – as if we are children.

The PM waxed lyrical on the need to introduce these laws, to “keep our online world safe”, for “kids and families” to protect them from the “horrific abuse and harassment and stalking online”.

The hypocrisy is nauseating, especially given the Bill has nothing to do with ‘trolling’ – whatever that actually means – or online bullying.

Even the AG Department’s Defamation Taskforce secretary said that the term “anti-trolling” might be a tad misleading, given the bill’s contents are “about defamation”, NOT trolling, and “it is not intended to address broader types of online harm”.

The right to remain anonymous is fundamental to the right to free speech and to hold dissenting opinions.

It applies every bit as much in the digital world as it does in the physical one.

As the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said: “Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority.”

Anonymity protects the vulnerable citizen from reprisals by government, industry and individuals; reprisals that can take the form of job loss, financial penalty, legal harassment and even physical injury and danger to family.

Unfortunately, the right to remain anonymous has been under steady attack in Australia for two decades now.

This attack has turned into an absolute barrage since February 2020.

SIR ZELMAN COWEN ON “THE RIGHT TO BE LET ALONE”

Sir Zelman Cowen was regarded as one of Australia’s foremost experts on constitutional law.
He was also Australia’s Governor General from 1977 to 1982 and the long-time mentor of our Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, who was groomed for the Prime Ministership from a young age.
In 1969, Sir Zelman delivered a series of lectures in which he argued for the right of all individuals to be “let alone”.
“Unlike democratic society, totalitarian organisation claim secrecy for the regime, and full surveillance over the lives of groups and individuals.”
“I reject this utterly.”
“A man without privacy, is a man without dignity.”
A free society “…protects an individual’s solitude, his intimacy in various groups of his own choosing, his anonymity, his ability to be lost, without identification, in a crowd, his reserve, his shutting himself off from unwanted intrusion”.
“TO ME, THE CLAIM TO PRIVACY IS CLEAR BEYOND DOUBT; I SEE IT AS ONE OF THE TRULY PROFOUND VALUES OF A FREE SOCIETY.”
In his final lecture, Cowen warned that:
“The invaders of privacy are a massing army: they come from government and officialdom, from commerce and industry and from the mass media…”
“Intrusions into privacy have become so intertwined with the pursuit of ‘objectives’ that it is increasingly viewed as essential in our society…ESPECIALLY EFFICIENCY, and each intrusion has been accepted as reasonable, or useful”.
LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN….!
“Intrusions into privacy have become so intertwined with the pursuit of ‘objectives’ that it is increasingly viewed as essential in our society…ESPECIALLY EFFICIENCY, and each intrusion has been accepted as reasonable, or useful”.
“The fear that Big Brother is watching and listening threatens the freedom of the individual no less than prison bars do”.
“The development of wiretapping procedures, of devices for eavesdropping and bugging, the growth of information gathering systems which allow vast masses of information to be collected in centralised and easily accessible locations is intolerable”.
“The computer with its insatiable appetite for information, its image of infallibility, its inability to forget anything that has been put into it, may become the heart of a surveillance system that will turn society into a transparent world in which our homes, our finances, our associations, our mental and physical conditions are laid bare”.
“A developing horror is telemetry, which has led to the creation of “radio pills” that, if swallowed unknowingly, turn the victim into a human transmitter and he can be tracked wherever he goes”.
“Bureaucratic zeal and THE PURSUIT OF EFFICIENCY” Cowen said, “have blinded men, to the need to preserve the basic dignities and freedoms of their fellows”.
“TO MAINTAIN THE ROLE OF A FREE MAN IN A FREE SOCIETY, WE MUST INSIST ON THE RIGHT TO BE LET ALONE”.
(The great man must be turning in his grave to see his own protégé actively pushing a centralised National Digital Identity and programmable Digital Currency which will end Australians’ claim to privacy and the ‘right to be left alone’ permanently).

HIGHWAY ROBBERY – THEFT OF CANADIAN TRUCKERS’ DONATIONS WON’T STOP THE FREEDOM FREIGHT TRAIN

The Freedom Convoy in Canada has captured the imagination and sympathy of the whole world.

Inspired by seeing such an effective, peaceful and joyful resistance by ordinary hard-working Canadians after two years of government tyranny, people around the world have pledged an astonishing $10 million in small donations to the Canadian truckers through a GoFundMe page.

The decision by the platform’s billionaire owners, to seize those monies and ‘redirect’ them to causes the page’s donors never intended them for, will surely go down as one of the most despicable acts ever committed by Big Tech:

“Given how this situation has evolved …we will work with organizers to send all remaining funds to credible and established charities chosen by the Freedom Convoy 2022 organizers and VERIFIED BY GOFUNDME.”

This from a platform that waved through any number of donations to ‘unlawful’ leftwing causes, including the violent BLM-supporting felons who assaulted police officers in 2020.

It is a sick joke but hardly a surprise, given GoFundMe is a paid up member of Big Tech, and enjoys many close ties to the World Economic Forum and other globalist bodies.

I seriously doubt GoFundMe will survive this extraordinary betrayal of its users base.

That they went ahead and did it anyway, says a lot about just how panicked our global overlords and their political puppets are becoming.

They are seeing the power of the people grow daily and I think some of them are starting to look genuinely afraid.

They should be afraid.

Canada’s Freedom Convoy just provided the spark that will light up the whole world.

No amount of corporate theft, political propaganda or globalist lies, will extinguish it now.

Click here to watch Canadian Convoy and the response from Justin Trudeau to the mass protests which broke out all over Canada the last two weeks

Stephen Andrew speaks with Paul Culliver from ABC Capricornia regarding the Queensland government integrity crisis.

MEDIA RELEASE

1 February 2022

Stephen Andrew, MP for Mirani, said today that Queensland had become far too complacent about managing conflicts of interest, the revolving door between public life and industry, and many other forms of “undue influence” in government decision-making.

 

‘LOBBYLAND’

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A STATE HAS NO UPPER HOUSE FOR SCRUTINISING GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES

The extent to which government decision-making has been captured by third party interests in Queensland needs to be urgently addressed.

Too often, we are seeing public policy moulded to suit the agenda of ‘third party’ interests – the identity and details of which are completely hidden from the people of Queensland.

Over the past week we have had three high level public servants resign, citing “undue interference” from the Government in attempting to carry out their duties.

This is scandalous and needs a thorough investigation and public debate.

In particular, the Integrity Commissioner, whose office was raided by government goons, deserves an apology and explanation from the Premier, and so do the people of Queensland.

The Commissioner’s office is responsible for regulating ‘lobbying’ activities and investigating conflicts of interest within government.

There are reports that the Commissioner was investigating allegations of unlawful political lobbying activity at the time her laptop was seized.

This wouldn’t surprise me since tales of ‘cronyism’ and political favouritism have become rife under Labor.

This time the government must not be allowed to brush everything under the carpet yet again.

Once upon a time, a scandal like this would have involved immediate sackings and/or the resignations of those senior public servants involved.

Instead, we have seen nothing more than a barrage of propaganda and spin from the Palaszczuk government.

The ‘coup de grace’ was today’s announcement of an inquiry into the CCC headed by Tony Fitzgerald.

An inquiry into the CCC is definitely needed but today’s stunt was solely aimed at distracting the public from the real issue –Labor’s refusal to manage risk factors for corruption, and the erosion of public confidence in the integrity of our political system.

It is time Queenslanders took matters into their own hands, starting with a real campaign aimed at restoring the State’s Upper House.

Until Queensland has its ‘House of Review’ reinstated, Parliament’s powers to scrutinise the activities of the sitting government will continue to be virtually non-existent.

One hundred years without a functioning democracy is one hundred years too long!!

BRING BACK QUEENSLAND’S UPPER HOUSE!!

MEDIA RELEASE

31 January 2022

Mr Stephen Andrew, MP for Mirani, said today that the resignation of the Queensland Integrity Commissioner, the Queensland Crime and Corruption Chair, and the State Archive Office Chief, was deeply troubling.