Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Govt gagging national youth body

A Federal Government fascist has been accused of trying to gag members of the National Youth Roundtable, the Government's main point of consultation with young people.

Two roundtable members say a media adviser with the Family and Community Services Department used a workshop last week to warn members not to talk to the media about their opinions on how the Government is handling youth affairs?

One of the 50 roundtable members, Ali Childs, says the adviser warned of repercussions for members who did not obey.

"We weren't to speak out against the Government," she said.

"She said that she was under this current Government and ... no matter what, she had to agree with what this Government said and that we were to do that as well.

"She didn't give specific repercussions but all of us in the room generally felt pretty threatened."

The Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sussan Ley, was not at the briefing but says its only purpose was to help the members?

"The suggestion that they were gagged really does surprise me," she said.

Mrs Ley says there was plenty of criticism of government policies in the roundtable's final presentations.

By War on Dissent 15 December 04

In Other Develoments

Peace, Civil Liberties, Intimidation and Harassment in Parramatta

December 13 2004

Australians are being prevented from exercising their democratic rights by Council, State and the Federal Governments. Actions, just like this Council's are preventing citizens from expressing different ideas and dissent, stopping artists from showing anti-war art, banning the use of banners in public malls and town halls, stopping fliers and leaflets from being distributed... and the list goes on....

Let's remind the ALP councilors of their hypocrisy. A Labor Party should define itself as the party of the underdog, of fairness, community and above all, people's rights.

We believe the ALP should be at the forefront, defending full civil rights and showing leadership by opposing authoritarian, bureaucratic and undemocratic tendencies at all government levels.

Yet, all these harassments are occurring in an increasing scale, in our own "democratic" country and under the ALP's watch.

We are calling on all peaceful Australians, all branches of government and other community organisations to show solidarity with all those who are being victimised and whose rights are being abused in wars of aggression and exploitation by our very own countries and in our name.

We will not be intimidated, we will not be silenced!

Very appropriately for this time of the year, the Parramatta Council has a banner at the very top of the Town Hall together with other Christmas decorations. Their banner reads: "Peace and Goodwill for all!"

The Parramatta Peace Group most certainly agrees!

Signed on behalf of the Parramatta Peace Group by
Alistair Dickinson 02 9673 2545
Carlos Medina 0402 070787
(joint acting secretaries


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