Co-signed: Statement on the COVID-19 response from civil society members of OGP Steering Committee

The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties endorses and co-signs the letter from the GOP Steering Committee about Covid-19 and its risks to open government. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a global state of emergency, rapidly overburdening governments. Public institutions are under pressure as never before. Protecting lives and livelihoods, sustaining health-care systems and the …

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F*ck Your Crappy Job, Let’s Start a Revolution

Today the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS.org) published a story about how President Trump has ordered meatpacking workers back to work despite unsafe and unsanitary conditions. By invoking the Defense Production Act, the president is “mobilizing all the powers at his disposal” to force the working class to return toContinue Reading

What’s happening with uni students’ exams?

By CLA Director Eloise McLean* The Australian National University is currently facing strong backlash from students over the proposed use of a digital platform to invigilate exams remotely. The ANU recently announced plans to implement Proctorio software to “ensure the legitimacy of exams conducted away from campus” during the COVID-19 crisis. Students have expressed outrage …

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UN WARNS POLICE

The UN human rights chief has warned that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a “human rights disaster”. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on countries to refrain from violating fundamental rights “under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures”. “Emergency …

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Qld’s new Emergency law comes with inbuilt rights protection

Queensland is bringing in a COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020. It allows government courts, businesses and people to operate electronically, even for meetings of the parliament itself. The new Act is a lesson to Australians everywhere of how important it is to have the protection of a civil liberties, political and human rights protection. The …

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Former spook insider Wilkie tells PM ’No’ to app download

Probably the most knowledgeable federal parliamentarian on security issues, Andrew Wilkie, has made it crystal clear why he won’t be rushing to download the Corvid-19 app. Basically, he doesn’t trust the government or its cyber spooks. The former Army officer resigned as an intelligent analyst from Australia’s Office of National Assessments over misinformation given out …

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Continuing the HSC in 2020 favours the children of the rich.

The following is a submission sent anonymously to classconscious.org by a teacher in Australia. We welcome submissions from workers around the world. Please contact us at ClassConscious@protonmail.com So here is a thought. I work in a high school in which students are economically disadvantaged. It is an overwhelming working class population that draws from an …

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