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Backlash Proving that democracies can easily waver and fall, Turkey’s re-election of President Erdogan on Monday will see the country’s independent legal system abandoned and Erdogan given new powers to select judges and impose a state of emergency at his choosing. According to the BBC, Erdogan will also be able to appoint ministers and vicepresidents. ‘Turkey has been under a state of emergency since a failed coup in July 2016,’ writes the BBC. ‘…more than 50,000 people [including public officials and soldiers] have been imprisoned pending trial since the uprising.’ QQQQ

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Following Erdogan’s cues on reducing civil rights and expanding govcorp interests is the federal Liberal-National coalition. Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie, former intelligence analyst whistleblower, reckons parliament ‘is on the verge of passing draconian legislation that undermines government transparency, our civil liberties and freedom of the press.’ He says, ‘Had this legislation (the Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill) been in place in 2003 when I alerted the Australian people to our government’s Iraq War deceit, I’d have faced 25 years in prison.’

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Human rights campaigner/ barrister Julian Burnside and filmmaker Judy Rymer will be heading to the Shire for a screening of their film Border Politics with a Q&A at the Brunswick Heads Picture House on Sunday July 15. Border Politics explores ‘the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our increasingly heartless treatment of “the other.”’

Lauren Sullivan warms up the crowd at the Science Expo that was held at the Cavanbah Centre last Saturday. The well attended event included around 20 interactive stations that demonstrated scientific principles such as particle movements and optical illusions. Photo Jeff ‘Illusions of Grandeur Since 1986’ Dawson. QQQQ

‘We shall soon be in a world in which a man may be howled down for saying that two and two make four, in which people will persecute the heresy of calling a triangle a three-sided figure, and hang a man for maddening a mob with the news that grass is green’ – G K Chesterton. QQQQ

Could drones replace the humble postman in 20 years? Deakin University have been exploring how the next 20 years will pan out with artificial intelligence, robotics and automation. Of course such advances promise to affect thousands of people, so let’s hope future governments display more empathy towards the electorate than they do now. The report was commissioned by the federal government as part of Australia’s first inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. It aims to inform how Australia will

keep pace with threats from global development, growing automation, climate change

and a rising population that is increasingly centred in congested cities.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.03 – June 27, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.03 – June 27, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.