Wednesday September 14 2005 7:15am WST
For Immediate Release
"Federal ALP leader Kim Beazley, in immediately caving in his essential role as Australia's opposition leader, at the first briefing from the government over the purported "security risk" of US peace activist Scott Parkin places all protesters in Australia at risk, including those in the Union Movement who plan nationwide protests against the Industrial Relations legislation as proposed by the Howard government," WA human rights and refugee group Project SafeCom said this morning.
"Mr Beazley will have to think again when in a few months time, renowned union leaders and fierce participants in the nationwide protests against the Industrial Regulations changes proposed by the Howard government will get arrested and detained by the Federal police, assisted by ASIO, and locked away, and if those amongst the protesters who are not Australian citizens, but 'residents only', will get deported from Australia, and Project SafeCom will be amongst those organisations that will condemn the ALP leader for his gutlessness in the Scott Parkin affair if that happens," spokesman Jack H Smit said.
"All over Australia training in non-violent action and demonstrations takes place all the time, and amongst the techniques taught in these training workshops belongs the training for techniques of "outsmarting being arrested by police" during demonstrations - purportedly the security threat Scott Parkin poses and the reason for his arrest, detention and planned deportation. Also in preparation for the massive inion protests against the IR legislation, these types of training will be taking place."
Mr Beazley goes this week on the record of helping to undermine common civil expressions of democracy and dissent through protests through his abysmally weak-kneed lack of showing opposition leadership. It was the same lame-duck attitude that passed the Tampa Laws in 2001 with the complicity of Labor, and Australia has this week, with the Scott Parkin affair, sunk deeper into the abyss of a totalitarian Politician's Dictatorship State, where politicians rule without the intervention of the courts and the application of natural justice and redress. Kim Beazley will go on the record as helping to orchestrate this sorry state of affairs in Australia."
"During the Tampa Affair politicians used Law and Order and Terrorism to fool Australians. And this manipulation by politicians is back in Australia's new terrorist legislation and the dealings with Scott Parkin's 'security threat', where the only truth is that he is a threat against the US Bush administration that allows 'unchecked profiteering in time of war' by Halliburton - where the Bush government through Dick Chaney stacks its own economic interests. Mr Parkin is one of the most informed citizens about Halliburton, and that is the only threat he represents."
"The arrest and planned deportation is a national scandal, and thanks to the sheer stupidity of Kim Beazley, this scandal happens largely unchecked, and political opposition is left to the Greens and Democrats."
For more information:
Jack H Smit
Project SafeCom Inc.
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