Organisers at cyber conference in Melbou Melbourne
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The conference has also banned journalists to be there, though it was nothing unpublished before there.
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In 1997 Peter Dupas killed a 95 year old woman Kathleen Downes in a Melbourne aged care facility. The killer has been in jail till now and had to face the court at the end of October, but today Dupas's case was closed. A judge in the Supreme Court said, it is not a justification and the killer can be accused again at any time. Dupas' lawyer, one of the main witnesses in the prosecution's case, can't be interviewed, because of his serious illness. Once he described the killer as one of the worst psychopaths, who can commit any crime. Mrs Downes' family is, of course, disappointed by decision of the court, bit is thankful to police and prosecutors. Kathleen Downes was found killed on December 31 in the pool of blood near her bed, she lived in the Nursing Home since 1989.
White supremacist group is going to have a concert in some secret place in Melbourne. A petition with 28 000 signatures tried to urge the government to forbid this today, but the Prime Minister says, there is no law to do it, so they are probably will change laws. One of the groups, that organizes this event is 'Blood & Honour' was classified as a terror group this year by Canada. The government can't do anything yet. At the same time Minister Andrews says, that anti-Semitism is unacceptable and such events are shameful. Anyway, anti-Semitic moods are growing. The Hammerskins, whit supermacist group's music festival is forbiden in many countries in Europe. Here, in Australia it is still allowed, despite all the requires to stop it. The Premier says, he works with Jewish organization at changing laws and stopping hate.
Dr. Abramovich fron the Anti-Defamation Commission says, that music festival is the most effective way to inspire people to hate and to be ready to kill. He adds, such groups constitute threat for our society. Abiola Ajetomobi from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says, this is unacceptable in Victoria, where migration is of the pillars that has built the community.
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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 Melbourne Cup won in 2017 by Irish-trained horse Rekindling has been stolen yesterday from the Houdini's café e cucina on the Calder Highway. The burglars break the cafe open and wriggled into it at night. The police said, the thieves have stolen not only the Cup, but all the cash and the cash register. The Cup is a replica, one of those, which are handed to numerous winning owners of horses. Anyway, its price is more than 20 000 dollars. The original belongs to Lloyd Williams and costs approximately 150 000 dollars. Melton Crime Investigation Unit detectives are pursuing inquiry and are going to interview every witness or anyone, who had seen some suspicious personalities in the district.
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Recently Extinction Rebellion has started protests all over Australia, they protest against the climate change and the government's idleness about that. Yesterday about 100 people were arrested all around the country, because of clutter, they have created. Police said, any disruption to transport, roads and members of the public is unacceptable.
So far the activists' actions in Sydney have interfered only into road traffic. But today police has found out they are going to target a railway network and said it must not be any proplems with the timetable. Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing asked the activists not to interfere into city-dwellers' lives and not to cause problems with traffic. Extinction Rebellion participants say, it won't be any disruption, most likely people will get on the train and speak about the ecology. Since Monday 40 people in Sydney have been arrested and new arests are possible.
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