I was very aware of a camera’s presence last time …

Comment on Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here? by Jonathan Pilbrow.

I was very aware of a camera’s presence last time I was out there. And AFP have approached in the past when I have driven into the Kuyunba Reserve area. I haven’t been out for a while. I can’t really see the need for AFP to approach people who are simply visiting Kuyunba, and have not gone past the “Turn Back” sign. With the camera (or cameras as others have probably rightly suggested) AFP staff could easily keep an eye on any suspicious activity, without making life uncomfortable for people who are out to enjoy nature.

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Assange must not be abandoned
Thanks for your letter Margaret. A really important contribution. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and should be receiving the maximum support possible from the Federal Government.

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These issues are of critical importance to Australians, and there are many Australians very concerned about the potential for a war on Iran – evidenced by the number of rallies held across the country on Saturday (part of a global day of action).

A very much related issue of critical importance is the situation of Julian Assange being held in solitary confinement in a high security UK prison. The peace march in Alice Springs followed directly on from a
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We must rid the world of all nuclear weapons as soon as possible.

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Our futures and that of our children and grandchildren may depend on this.

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