The last few weeks have been a very busy time in the national party as the pointy end of our Constitutional Change process draws closer. A Special National Council was held in Newtown, Sydney in mid-September when delegates from around the country came together for another face to face meeting with the aim of getting closer to consensus on a number of constitutional issues.
We’re living in a time of renewed Government efforts to intrude, observe and monitor the private lives of ordinary Australians. The state is seeking total transparency for the population and complete secrecy for itself. Senator Scott Ludlam joined the Green Institute to talk about what the Abbott Government’s proposed metadata retention regime will mean for our rights and freedoms in Australia.
So, upon waking up this morning and checking my Facebook newsfeed, one article kept popping up again and again – “Australian Government investment in science reaches 30-year low.” Honestly, I don’t think anyone should be too surprised.
Authorities ranging from police to the Australian Taxation Office and even the RSPCA can easily and quickly request ‘metadata’ about your phone calls, emails and movements. Senator Scott Ludlam will discuss this disturbing trend and why every Australian should be concerned about it.