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The Fourth Estate Comes Under Attack (Australia)

Added: (Sun Jan 27 2002)

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About fourty journalists camped outside the refugee detention centre in Woomera Australia came under the typical style of aggressive enforcement (corporate and political) now prominent in this nation. The Australian Protective Services (an arm of the Australian Federal Police) were ordered to relocate the journalists.  By whom and for what reason were not forthcoming.

Those who resisted or questioned this direction vehemently had their names and addresses taken and one Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist was arrested.

This seems a some what impolitic and perhaps stupid move during a time of fraught activity, demonstrations and self harm being inflicted and is an example of what happens to those in Australia who might challenge the authority of either government or corporate power.

Australia's processes of democracy and governance are deteriorating under a load of self interested, inflexible and often vicious  reliation and degradation in the name of the silent majority., political and corporate interests.  More than bags of money and life savings are being lost here.

The Parliament of the nation, purportedly elected by all Australians, appears powerless before these executive political and corporate nterests whether the issue be one of regulation, debate or national interest and the pursuit of good governance.

At a time when the two leaders of Australia and United States are about to meet again, the adage that "power corrupts absolutely" is on exhibition in our corporate and political world's for all to see.

Kevin Beck

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