It’s hard to believe sometimes that there are other countries, major countries that are top tier nations that have fallen to even greater tyranny than what we’re experiencing here in the United States.
It’s expected in other countries that maybe aren’t so much known for their freedom like China or Russia, but when it happens to a big English speaking country like Australia, it really catches you off guard.
The Australian parliament just recently succeeded in a major power grab that will give them so much power over the citizens of Australia it’s ridiculous.
They will have full control of citizens’ social media accounts and place that power in the hands of the government. Nothing will be sacred on social media. The Australian government will be effectively spying on its own citizens.
The government can now access email accounts without consent. The government can now add and delete information they deem to need attention. The power to edit, remove, add, delete information, without citizen consent, is the feeling of a true authoritarian government making a strong move.
The bill allows the government to perform three types of data disruption. AU authorities will have unprecedented access to all accounts. Access is one thing and that is bad enough, but now the government can literally invade citizens’ privacy with zero recourse.
The Guardian reported,
“It is alarming that, instead of accepting the committee’s recommendations and allowing time for scrutiny of subsequent amendments, the Morrison government rushed these laws through parliament in less than 24 hours,” Pender said.
“While the safeguards for journalists and whistleblowers are welcome, they highlight the lack of wider entrenched safeguards for press freedom and free speech in Australia.”
The ability for federal agents to delete, copy, and modify citizens’ online accounts is now within the “legal” realm.
The government can impersonate its citizens, while using online accounts, to achieve tasks they deem worthy. This is a true infringement upon every AU citizen and it feels an awful lot like the movie 1984 coming to real life.