'It's only the beginning' - Extinction R Melbourne
The police of Victoria tries to control Mebourne more and more. And more and more protesters of Extinction Rebellion come out of their houses to capture attention of the government to the climate problems, Police warned workers in the city centre, that activists will cause much disruption in the peak hour, so they'd better go home earlier. Yesterday about 100 people tried to block entrance to the headquarters of mining giant BHP on Collins Street. During the week there were commited more than a hundred arrests. Police says, they are not against peaceful protests, but this one has created chaos in the city. Near Queen Street, for example, 'Rebellion' caused commuter gridlock and worsened traffic.
Today, also, it was found, that conditions, that restricted some activists to take part in the protests, given by police, are invalid. According to the law police can't use bail conditions as an ban against participation in protests. Though police had to release those activists, anyway, they are expected to face the court later.
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44 year old cecurity company boss Harry Korras avoided spending time in jail by admitting, he had taken part in machination in the Australian Taxation Office. Korras security company, co-founder of ACG Security, avoided the payment of ATO funds for 4 years (2011-2014) by employing two subcontractors who pay their employees tax-free cash. Some workers considered, they had been employed by ACG Security, but, actually, they were employed by those subcontractors. ACG Security was bought by Spotless, and Korras worked there as an event manager for touring celebrities and a consultant. County Court of Victoria Judge Douglas Trapnell today informed, that Korras had not brought about the tax evasion scheme. But he pretended, he couldn't see it, leading the judge to believe his moral accountability remained high.
The judge took into account that Corras pays the money back to the ATO in full and the care that he provides to his mother, who for a long time struggled with health problems. He sentenced Korras to two and a half years in prison, with the right to be amnestied.
The Extinction Rebellion movement, a socio-political movement that uses non-violent methods to oppose climate changes, is going to do a 'spring rebellion' around Melbourne from October 7 till 11. They have already set a tent in Carlton Gardens and near the State Parliament. The activists said, they are going to create disruption in Melbourne. Police, in renurn, informed, they will arrest anyone, who violates calm in the city.
Spokeswoman Jane Morton clarifies, that it is the only way to appeal to the government to listen about what is happening with climate. She also says, they are ready to be arrested because of disruption. Police said, the Extinction Rebellion has a right to strike, but the city dwellers have a right to move freely around the city. Environment Victoria gas supported the activists. They say, their actions are understandable in such times, when the politicians do nothing to improve the ecological situation.
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The protests against climate change by Extinction Rebellion are continuing for four days all around the country. The have created chaos and traffic clutter in the biggest cities of Australia. Here in Melbourne more than 40 people have been arrested. 22 of these people must pay a fine only, and other 19 charged with intentionally hindering a work of emergency services. In the city centre Princess Bridge was blocked by more than a hundred people in the rush hour this morning, informed Victorian police.
Some people changed themselves next to Southern Cross Station, whic stopped its work today. It was done to prevent police's passage. Despite these radically inclined people, there were those, who just sang and dance near a police issued barrier tape. The demostrations are part of protest around the world, which demand governments to pay attention to climate change.
The speaker at the Australian Cyber Conference in Melbourne was asked to change a little his speech about the law of Australian anti-encryption, after they had fired the other two speakers who made reports regarding violations at the last minute. The organisers ordered Ted Ringrose, partner with legal advice firm Ringrose Siganto, to edit his talk and was sent with a 'correct' version. He said, they don't agree with a comparison between Australia’s legislation laws and China’s. It was told, though Australia looks worse, in fact, it is as bad.
Ringrose refused censorship and the organizators let him present his speech as planned. It contradicts the desicions related to speeches by US whistleblower Thomas Drake.
On Tuesday, it became known that the former head of the National Security Agency, who exposured Drake, along with Dreyfus was removed from the agenda of the conference, which Drake called the “Orwellian” step of the conference partner, the Australian Cybersecurity Center. That step was labelled as 'weird'. On the second day of the conference, which was attended by 3,500 people in Melbourne, the technologist Schneier said that for Drake and Dreyfus it was a "very strange story" to ban speaking at this event, because the speeches themselves were not absolutely controversial.
The conference has also banned journalists to be there, though it was nothing unpublished before there.
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70 minutes of train's delay have taken place today in Sydney. The passengers had no oportunity to get from Milsons Point to Wynyard by train, so many of them walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There were about 100 people on the platform, when it was said, that the train wouldn't arrive. It was caused by signal problems in Wynyard. Transport for NSW informed, that immediate fixing of signal had done, and buses had replaced trains for some time. By afternoon the situation became normal.
Uber from Bondi Junction couldn't use the possibility to rise a pay, and ride cost about 70 dollars. Twitter was overflowing with travelers' complaints and jokes.
In general T1 and T9 lines were affected, however all the city could feel that problem.
29 houses have been damaged in the fires around Drake, Busbys Flat and Rappville in New South Wales and the quantity is going to rise. The Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall of NSW says, about 300 stock people were killed and 200 ones are missing. Recently, it has become known, 2 people are dead due to the fire. The Rural Fire Service says local firefighters will be granted a delay, as 50 people from Victoria will arrive at the fire sites in nothern New South Wales. Because of the drought, The NSW Farmers Association has asked banks to reduce lending to the farming sector. The drought assistance funds with delayed payments and bearing no interests are welcomed by the government.