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Wikileaks attacks Australian supporters, labelling them a “front group”

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In a bizarre move, Wikileaks has turned against one of its support groups in Australia, the Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA). In a tweet on Tuesday, the organisation labelled the group as a “front group”, despite being formed – according to WACA – as a “response to the Australian Government’s hostility towards Wikileaks”. The organisation also demanded they cease using Wikileaks’ name and logo in their materials and name, citing they […]

Russia’s Pirate Party offers to host NASA website while US Govt in shutdown

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One of the biggest losers out of the entire US government shutdown has been NASA, with 97 percent of their staff on unpaid leave and their website taken down – much to the annoyance of those wanting updates of the Mars Rover Curiosity or images from space. However, there might be help on its way, with the Russian Pirate Party saying they are willing to host NASA’s website until the Congress gets […]

Greens’ Scott Ludlam loses WA Senate seat

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Scott Ludlam, the Greens senator for Western Australia, has lost his seat in a close election count due to preferences – which also saw Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party gaining a third seat in the Senate and Labor just scraping in with two Senate seats in the state. According to the Australian Electoral Commission, there will be three Liberal senators (David Johnston, Michaelia Cash, and Linda Reynolds), two Labor senators […]

China to lift block on Facebook and Twitter – but only in a small part of Shanghai

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Image: tengri555/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Chinese Government is reportedly planning to lift the block on foreign websites it considers politically sensitive – like Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times – but only for those living within the proposed Shanghai Free-Trade Zone, according to anonymous government sources talking to the South China Morning Post. Both Facebook and Twitter have been blocked from the country since 2009, while the New York […]

Julian Assange bid for Senate seat fails – one percent of Victorians voted for him

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Despite a strong start, it is looking likely that Julian Assange has lost his bid in securing a Senate seat in Victoria. With more than 60 percent of the total number of ballots counted, Julian Assange managed to secure 1.18 percent of the vote (at the time of writing). While it is a great start for the Wikileaks Party, it won’t win a seat in the Senate because of preferences. […]

Liberals announce they will implement UK-style internet filter, say it was an “error” (despite selling it hours ago)

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UPDATE: Just less than 72 hours before the election, the Coalition quietly announced that they plan to bring in a UK-style internet filtering program – meaning that ISPs will turn on internet filters by default, though users can opt-out of the program by calling their ISPs. However, communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has said that this was apparently posted in error. “The Coalition will work with internet service providers (which provide fixed […]

Wikileaks Party Senate candidate: NSW preferences a “poor judgement call”, not admin error

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Gerry Georgatos, the number one Senate candidate for the Wikileaks Party in Western Australia, has said that the Wikileaks Party’s New South Wales preferences fiasco was a “poor judgement call” and not an administrative error. “It was not an administrative error, it was a poor judgement call. I’m not [going to come out] here and bullshit the audience,” he told the Indymedia programme (24 minutes into the programme) on Perth’s RTR yesterday. His […]

Former Wikileaks Party staffer says Assange’s father was the “caller” that led to resignations

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Former Wikileaks Party social media captain Sean Bedlam – who is also a member of the Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance – has said that he was one of the recipients of the series of calls that led to the mass resignation of Leslie Cannold and six others (including himself), and has revealed the identity of the caller. In a series of tweets, he has identified John Shipton – the party’s […]

Former Wikileaks Party member: Assange wanted deal with Family First, veto power on preferences

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More fallout from the Wikileaks Party’s preferences fiasco as four National Council members yesterday announced their resignations, following from the shock decision by Assange’s running mate Leslie Cannold to resign. However, one former member and member of the National Council – Dr. Daniel Mathews – has shed more light into the internal divisions over the preference deals in a blog post. Mathews, who is friends with Assange since university days, […]

Hundreds of people retweeted child porn

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Slane Castle Image: Gordon Flood (Flickr/Creative Commons) On Saturday an Eminem concert was held to a crowd of 80, 000 at the famous Slane Castle in Ireland. During the event, a teenage girl was photographed kissing a man while he sexually touched her before performing oral sex on the man in broad daylight amongst thousands of onlookers. By Sunday afternoon some fucking creep uploaded three pictures of the incident onto […]

Wikileaks Party candidate Leslie Cannold resigns after internal fighting over preferences, “others will also resign”

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The Wikileaks Party appears to be in turmoil with its second Victorian seat candidate Leslie Cannold resigning from the party after several members of the party were planning to bypass the National Council and would not conduct an independent review which was announced today. If the Wikileaks Party was successful in getting a seat in Victoria, then Julian Assange would hold the seat. However, if he is unable to leave […]

Wikileaks Party changes preferences after outcry, launches independent review over issue

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After some outcry from followers over its Senate preferences in New South Wales and Western Australia, the Wikileaks Party has announced that they will change their preferences in order to put them in line with the National Council’s decision. They will be issuing how-to-vote cards telling supporters of the Wikileaks Party to vote “below the line” – which will mean that they will have to preference all candidates – with […]

What I envy about Sydney – Google Transit

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It’s rare for me to admit this, given that I am from the wonderful city of Melbourne. But there is one tiny thing about Sydney that I envy the most. Melbourne may be the home of sport and culture, the home for PAX Australia and the NBN’s operations centre, the birthplace of television in Australia, and internationally known for being one of the most livable cities in the world. However, you guys […]

Google: Gmail users have no ‘legitimate expectation’ of privacy

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Those who fear the Google machine, get ready to be more scared at the search engine. In a recent filing unearthed by a California-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google has said that users should never expect that their communications should be kept private – ever. The comments were made in a brief by Google in its application to dismiss a class action lawsuit against them. According to the filing: […]

Anthony Albanese replaces Conroy as Communications Minister

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Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been announced as the new Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; replacing Stephen Conroy, who left the position when Prime Minister Rudd returned to power last week. Albanese will now be responsible for the rollout of the NBN, which sort of fits in with his other portfolio which he will retain – Infrastructure and Transport. Rudd’s choice for Albanese as communications minister […]