Australian Passport Cancellation Notes 18 Refusal/cancellation requests (1) For the purposes of this Act, a refusal/cancellation request is a request made to the Minister under subsection 12(1), 13(1), 14(1) or 16(1) by a competent authority, being a request that the Minister do either or both of the following: (a) refuse to issue an Australian passport to a person; (b) cancel an Australian passport or travel-related document that has been issued to a person. (2) A competent authority may make a refusal/cancellation request in relation to a person: (a) whether or not the person has applied for an Australian passport; and (b) whether or not an Australian travel document has been issued to the person; and (c) whether or not the person is an Australian citizen. (3) To avoid doubt, a competent authority may suspect on reasonable grounds that circumstances in subsection 14(1) apply in relation to a person, even if the competent authority knows that the person has already been issued with an Australian passport. 22 When an Australian travel document may be cancelled (1) The Minister may cancel an Australian travel document. (2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Minister may cancel an Australian travel document that has been issued to a person if: (a) the document is still valid at the time when the person applies for, or is issued with, another Australian travel document; or (b) the document has been lost or stolen; or (c) the person dies; or (d) a competent authority makes a refusal/cancellation request in relation to the person; or (e) if the document is an Australian passport -- the Minister becomes aware of a circumstance that would have required or permitted the Minister to refuse to issue an Australian passport to the person because of section 8, 11 or 17, had the Minister been aware of the circumstance immediately before the document was issued; or (f) if the document is a travel-related document -- the Minister becomes aware of a circumstance that would have required the Minister to refuse to issue a travel-related document to the person: (i) because of section 10; or (ii) because a Minister’s determination made for the purposes of subsection 9(1) in relation to that kind of travel-related document no longer applies; or (g) circumstances specified in a Minister’s determination exist.The move is reminiscent of actions by the Menzies government at the height of the Cold War, when passport cancellation or refusal to issue was one of several techniques of political censorship and repression. Should the government decide that it wants to pursue action around the "Cablegate" material, other Australians involved with WikiLeaks may well be liable for prosecution. The most prominent of these is the broadcaster Phillip Adams, who is, or was until recently, a member of the advisory board of WikiLeaks. The board was listed on the old WikiLeaks site until earlier this year. However, there is now no mention of it ... Given that there is most likely no criminal liability for Assange, there is virtually no possibility that a charge would attach to Adams. However, the proximity of a figure who has been close to key Labor figures for decades -- and only resigned his party membership this year -- is no doubt embarrassing for the government. WikiLeaks remains in operation despite repeated reports of its final demise. Last week, its rented server capacity was cancelled by Amazon, after the group was contacted by the office of Senator Joe Lieberman, the former Democrat Senator from Connecticut. EveryDNS, the agent for the "wikileaks.org" domain name cancelled the group's account, saying that denial of service attacks on WikiLeaks was causing havoc for its other clients. The service was rehoused at a Swiss domain name, www.wikileaks.ch, whose provider has so far resisted pressure from the French and US government to cancel service. It is also being mirrored through numerous other sites around the world. A defence organisation, WikiLeaks Central, has also sprung up after the Cablegate releases, acting as a clearing house for WikiLeaks publicity and site re-routings. Though large parts of the site remain out of access, it now includes raw copy of the thousand or so cables on which last week's news stories were based. These include reports from US Secretary of State that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd suggested that military action against China may be a necessary last resort in the future. Rudd's comments came in response to questions in which Hillary Clinton explicitly acknowledged that China's position as major US creditor posed major foreign policy problems for the United States.
Bob Brown supports WikiLeaks, is Phillip Adams in the frame?
Should the government decide that it wants to pursue action around the 'Cablegate' material, other Australians involved with WikiLeaks may well be liable for prosecution. The most prominent of these is the broadcaster Phillip Adams who is, or was until recently, a member of the advisory board of WikiLeaks.