June 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
The Rally today against the NSW Government’s callous plan to cut NSW workers compensation conditions drew about 2400 people despite teeming rain. Predictably heavy representation present from an array of NSW Unions with highly visible numbers especially from the Firemans Union and CFMEU – but a larger than ordinary number of independent people with safety and perhaps jobs concerns too. David Shoe bridge for NSW Greens committed to work with Fred Nile if necessary to defeat the proposed laws in the upper house in 2 weeks, and Labor speakers supported, though what they might have done if left in Government is quite another thing. Barry OFarrell either lost his invite or his nerve and was the unsurprising absentee in what’s sure to be a long anti government union campaign.
January 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
At about 5am this morning (Sat 14th January) NSW Police again launched a surprise raid on the Occupy Sydney occupation in Martin Place.
On the 10th of January the Local Court determined in an identical case Police v Priestley that sleeping in a public place did not constitute camping.
Seemingly oblivious to the 43 unsolved drive by shootings in Sydney reported in the media yesterday, NSW Police seem inordinately fixated on the vexing issue of their continued attack on Occupy Sydney.12 Police officers from the Rocks command again attended at Occupy Sydney again attempting to redefine camping . Amused awakened protesters were treated to another display of Police subversion of simple City “No Camping” and “No Staying overnight” ordinances in a further vain attempt to intimidate protesters.
A young woman under the age of 18 who was present was summarily ordered to leave the protest site after Police used their usual vaguely defined veiled threats to obtain her details. Police neither cared where she went nor showed a scintilla of concern for her safety, her ability to relocate safely to another safe place, or to return home- their sole concern was that she leave the protest site. Luckily responsible Occupy Sydney participants were able to ensure her continued safety and security.
A mattress donated by a supporter was deemed “camping equipment” and ordered removed from the site. Mattresses are used for sleeping in many circumstances (sometimes including camping) and we look forward to discussing this distortion of regulation in court.
Further infringement notices were issued for “illegal camping” .The inspector concerned used the definition that Occupy Sydney Protest Signage is in fact “windbreaks” ( which by police definition are “structures”.
Since October 15th NSW Police have spent well in excess of $3million harassing Occupy Sydney, a declared peaceful protest movement. In the absence of laws which Occupy Sydney may clearly be breaking it seems that NSW Police consider us such a threat that they resort to linguistic nuances & creative use of truth in their efforts to stifle effective peaceful protest.
The misuse by police of their authority and the law is an area of grave concern for many Australians and Occupy Sydney participants. We strongly oppose all abuse of power
For your own amusement here is the Macquarie Dictionary definition of Camping:
noun 1. the activity of living temporarily in a tent or similar accommodation, especially as a form of recreation or holiday-making.
–adjective 2. of, relating to, or designed for camping.
Please use our comments to tell us whether you think we are camping.
October 3, 2011 § 5 Comments
While Facebook is an excellent means for business and social networking, we ask people to consider the following before linking to the facebook based groups listed below.
We do not advise against joining Facebook based groups – we empower you to make an informed decision to do so or not.
You cannot delete from cyberspace: multiple web archiving orgs preserve info you post FOREVER- its there even when you delete your FB account. Privacy settings don’ t block your participation in groups. Facebook history archives are a favorite tool for human resource businesses in profiling job applicants.
FB invites: work well because the recipient usually has some familiarity with you & trusts you. However,the invited person will never see this warning page and may unintentionally disclose publicly information they consider private. From an ethical perspective we consider the concept as wilful entrapment.
Facebook & Activism Facebook has been known to shut down Facebook based activist groups without warning, at critical stages of the campaign. – An example was the nosamsclub campaign opposing Walmart brand building on a native american sacred site. If Facebook shuts YOUR occupy group down whats your backup contact & communication strategy?
Facebook & Law Enforcement: As a USA based entity FB have obligations to allow authorities such as FBI CIA or Interpol access to Any info they require. Most if not all western countries police & sexret police have access via reciprocity agreements. The speed with which some test info has been identified in posession of gov security leads some researchers to believe that state security elements work permanently within Facebook.
Should you choose to join a facebook group or open a FB account we advise you to pay attention to the privacy settings.
Known Facebook #occupy groups in solidarity with #occupywallst
Link here to OccupySydney Facebook group ( The Facebook Occupy Sydney Group we’re working with