It is something one would associate with a dictatorship or fascist regime, a mass gagging order on all Australian citizens, the press, and others issued on the 19th June by the Supreme Court.
More concerning and bizarre is that a super injunction forbids the publication of the Order itself, citing ‘national security’ for covering up alleged corruption by officials.
In what is supposed to be a progressive and modern country, covering up corruption is hardly an appropriate reason for to cite ‘national security’ as a reason – more like ‘covering arses’.
The information – and documents – have been released on the Wikileaks website which reveal that the cover-up relates to a multi-national case involving very senior officials in several countries in the region, as well as Australian officials and organisations.
In a statement on the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange says:
“With this order, the worst in living memory, the Australian government is not just gagging the Australian press, it is blindfolding the Australian public. This is not simply a question of the Australian government failing to give this international corruption case the public scrutiny it is due. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop must explain why she is threatening every Australian with imprisonment in an attempt to cover up an embarrassing corruption scandal involving the Australian government.”
“The concept of ‘national security’ is not meant to serve as a blanket phrase to cover up serious corruption allegations involving government officials, in Australia or elsewhere. It is in the public interest for the press to be able to report on this case, which concerns the subsidiaries of the Australian central bank. Who is brokering our deals, and how are we brokering them as a nation? Corruption investigations and secret gag orders for ‘national security’ reasons are strange bedfellows. It is ironic that it took Tony Abbott to bring the worst of ‘Asian Values’ to Australia.”
The last known blanket suppression order of this nature was granted in 1995 and concerned the joint US-Australian intelligence spying operation against the Chinese Embassy in Canberra.
This must be one of the most disgusting cases of self-serving manipulation of due judicial process the Australian people have been subjected to by their government.
One thing is for sure, this much effort being put into supressing information – which could be considered to be in the public interest – means it must be something big which goes to the heart of Australia’s government.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in Australia or an Australian citizen please take care and ensure you are aware of the risks involved in obtaining and distributing the information related to this case. Although we are fully aware of the details via Wikileaks, this is the reason we have not published details in this article, because we would not want Australian citizens inadvertently attracting the attention of the ‘feds’ – be safe!
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