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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Queensland and the G20: the police state

Rebecca Barrigos writes in Red Flag:

To enable mass arrests, the Magistrates Court will be open 24 hours a day from 10 November. Magistrates will preside via video link at a special “G20 Offender Processing Centre” at the Supreme Court. There will be a presumption against bail in order to keep those arrested detained for the duration of the summit.

The real threat in Brisbane is not violent protesters, but the increase in the state’s powers.

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Comment from Kay
Time November 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

What Rebecca Barrigos doesn’t mention is that there are many festivities occurring throughout the city that cater for the local population as well. There has been a barrage of information from the Qld government for a couple of years now advising people re exactly where, when, why and how normal access to various parts of the city may be restricted. No drama.

And Friday (tomorrow) has been declared a public holiday to give those who want a long weekend away from the G-20 a great opportunity to escape!

To my mind, the government has been very prudent to put in place every arrangement possible to prevent a re-run of the 2010 Toronto G-20 riots. In Toronto, peaceful protests were hijacked by violent, mainly anarchist, groups, resulting in massive property damage and destruction. It should be noted that during those riots, 75 police were injured by violent protestors, but only 3 protestors were injured by police. One over-the-top police officer, who was responsible for around 1,000 arrests was reprimanded and demoted; 90 police officers were officially reprimanded for removing their badges and 9 of those held back from promotion. So preventing a re-run of the Toronto fiasco seems a good idea for everyone – well, everyone except those who might want to turn their protests into violence.

The police have made it clear that the criteria they will using to call the G-20 response ‘a success’ is that there are no arrests, and certainly, no violence. Everything is being monitored by civil rights groups and lawyers. Locals who have been in the city recently have said they have never felt so safe, given the increased police presence in place. The main fear is the hijacking of the many planned protest marches by violent protestors!

As far as I am aware, the biggest problem posed by the G-20, is the closure of many cafes and other retail outlets in the immediate vicinity of the G-20 meeting. Many small businesses will be losing money during that period.

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