Overseas technology could see police in Australia using devices to check drivers’ mobile metadata without a warrant. The technology, which some are calling ‘textalysers’, would be used to see whether people were texting while driving. Melbourne University’s Dr Suelette Dreyfus says it has worrying implications for citizen rights and privacy.
Environment groups, unionists, activists and MPs from diverse parties are coming together to protest the increased penalties and powers proposed by the NSW Baird Government. The plan is to protest new laws which would increase police powers in relation to protests and activism, and increase the penalties for protesters. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge says the government is implementing these laws because they know protest and direct action work to protect both human rights and the environment. The protest mentioned in this interview took place on 15 March 2016.