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By Gerry Georgatos, investigative journalist, WikiLeaks Party Senate Candidate, Western Australia

Transparency, accountability and justice are neither the primary nor default positions of the Australian political landscape and of its news media. Instead it comes down to personal choices by parliamentarians and journalists, indeed with anyone, whether they will be pursuant unfettered of these values. It will take a cultural shift to ensure transparency, accountability and justice as their primary and default positions.

Journalist Gerry Georgatos at the January 26, 2012 Lobby Restaurant incident - days later he broke the story that the Prime Minister's Office was extensively involved in generating the incident despite their claims that it is was the work of a rogue parliamentary staffer.

Journalist Gerry Georgatos at the January 26, 2012 Lobby Restaurant incident – days later he broke the story that the Prime Minister’s Office was extensively involved in generating the incident despite their claims that it is was the work of a rogue parliamentary staffer.

Reporters Without Borders has ranked Australia 26th on the 2013 Free Press Index. This low ranking of Australia bespeaks of a muzzled press and in part this is due to inadequate shield laws for journalists, and repugnant lack of adequate whistleblower protections. Effectively, at any time hired lawyers can commence litigation against journalists and their publishers and without in the first instance having had to substantiate their right to litigate. As a journalist I have often been phoned by lawyers warning me not to publish any further material about their clients while the lawyers who have called have never read a single word of any of the articles I have written about their client! On occasion I have emailed PDFs of the articles that these lawyers should have read. In my experience, truth is not the objective of the majority of lawyers, and especially those who earn their quid from litigation. Continue Reading…

“Moral courage – not afraid to say or do what you believe to be right.”
– Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, The Memoirs of Field Marshall Montgomery, 1958

The farce is done, and one might say that the farce has ended – at least for now.  An interregnum of unclear and sinister stupidity has descended in Fort Meade, Maryland. Certainly, Rabelais would express considerable disgust at the folly that has been the Manning trial, a show of a state’s indifference to the human credentials of the accused.  Draw the curtain, the farce is played.collateral murder

The story of WikiLeaks, the most modern and most daring of journalistic projects, is very much a story of the link with this young man.  That is where the farce continues, thudding and pulsating away in the briefs of prosecutors who are desperate to get their mitts on the organisation and supporters.  The Manning-WikiLeaks bond is a bond, part holy, part profane, a mix so terrifying to establishment security that it has brought the vulgar and brutish out to play.

The target lies well and beyond Manning.  Lead prosecutor Major Ashden Fein was clutching at straws in his summing up.  Julian Assange, first placed candidate for the WikiLeaks Party for the Australian Senate, potentate of the new publishing, was facilitating perfidy on the part of Manning.  Assange was “the enemy” who had been aided by a wobbly anti-patriot.  “Your honour, he was not a whistleblower, he was a traitor.”
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admin —  July 29, 2013

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By WikiLeaks Party WA Senate Candidate Gerry Georgatos

Gerry Georgatos

Gerry Georgatos

During each year of the last several years of the 1970s and of the early years of the 1980s up to 30,000 refugees arrived by boat to Australia. There was relatively little public fuss about this as at the time there was bipartisan political support between Fraser and Whitlam. However three decades later hysteria has gripped, generated by the Howard years and all of a sudden we have both the major political parties in bipartisan support of punitive measures to “stem the tide of boat people.”
In the late 1970s and early 1980s moral leadership was demonstrated by the then government in assisting Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees. My sister-in-law, just a baby, came from Vietnam on one of those boats, which nearly sank.
Children who arrived from these countries without the English language and without possessions came to my school. I became friends with some of them. One of them, a landmine victim, profoundly dragged his right leg.
In this period, the Fraser government minister Andrew Peacock led the way, telling the Prime Minister’s Cabinet he would resign if people fleeing Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge killing fields were not assisted.

Remarks at Splendour in the Grass debate by WikiLeaks Party NSW Senate Candidate Kellie Tranter

To work out whether or not you can trust the media you need to consider what the media is doing and what it is supposed to do.

In 2010 the Director of TED Talk, Chris Anderson, put it to Julian Assange that “WikiLeaks has released more classified documents than the rest of the world’s media combined.” Julian replied, “Can it possibly be true, it’s a worry isn’t it, that the rest of the world media is doing such a bad job that a little group of activists is able to release more of that type of information than the rest of the world press combined.”

And what about journalists? According to the Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists, “respect for truth and the right of the public to truth is the first duty of the journalist”.  In other words, journalists must be servants to truth and they must be able to publish the truth. Their greatest assets must be intelligence, scepticism and determination. Continue Reading…

With the Australian election stuttering towards its hideous climax (we hope with a hideousness moderated by the effects of smaller parties), it is worth noting what has been happening in terms of perceptions of the Manning trial.

There are, of course, numerous. Within the United States, reports suggest indifferent, tepid reaction, mixed with good doses of hostility.  In many countries, sympathy for Manning is warm and engaged.  In Australia, the reaction, at least in official circles, is muddled.

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Last week Wikileaks Party National Council members and Telstra customers John Shipton and Kellie Tranter wrote to the Australian Privacy Commissioner about a secret agreement a decade ago with US Government agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Justice that provided American law enforcement with access to data on customer traffic passing in and out of the US.

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Unelected Senator Bob Carr has a track record on dodging questions on the Australian Government’s failure to stand up for Julian Assange, most recently in a Senate Committee in which he asserted that to do so was not ‘in Australia’s interests’. This on top of his history of denying the very real threats faced by Assange from a Grand Jury investigation in the United States, even denying its very existence.

Australians aren’t fooled by this charade. This week, at the Our Say ‘Ask Bob Carr’ online forum, the question that was voted for most was this, from Robyn Connell

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Freedom, Flight and The Falcon

admin —  July 13, 2013 — 6 Comments

WikiLeaks Party member Gary Lord (@Jaraparilla) interviews Christopher Boyce, whose experiences as a US whistle-blower were documented in the 1985 Sean Penn movie “The Falcon and The Snowman.”

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It’s a great honour to be able to write for the Wikileaks Party blog, and am happy to have the opportunity to introduce myself to those who might not know me and to share some thoughts on why I am a proud member of the Wikileaks National Council. To be able to do this during NAIDOC Week is a nice added bnonus as well.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions’. The Yirrkala Bark Petitions happened in 1963, 50 years ago this year.

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