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May 21, 2014

Dictionaries now on-water matters as OSB still dodging accountability

The secrecy surrounding Operation Sovereign Borders continues to extend off-water and into all manner of other areas. Crikey digs into the government's latest answers.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

It’s been a while since Crikey provided an update on the relentless spread of the secrecy attaching to “Operation Sovereign Borders”. We can now reveal that it extends to dictionaries, maps and equipment safety reports, with the government invoking its “on-water” claim of immunity from public accountability to shield anything that might shed any light on its activities.

However, in a series of answers to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee from February estimates — delivered, in the time-honoured fashion of all governments, just days before the next estimates hearings are to commence — the Immigration and Customs departments have provided a couple of fragments of information on the conduct of OSB’s anti-asylum seeker efforts, while seeking to extend its shield to accountability even further.

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7 thoughts on “Dictionaries now on-water matters as OSB still dodging accountability

  1. TheFamousEccles

    Am I being naieve in thinking that there has not been another government (of any flavour) as secretive and aloof, since Federation? Wartime aside, of course.

  2. Stuart Coyle

    Eccles, this is war apparently. A war against people who bear no arms, have no money, power or home, but still apparently a war.

  3. DiddyWrote

    I can see why dictionaries are off limits. I don’t think anybody in this government wants people being able to quote the definition of words like, TAX, LEVY, RABBIT, REFUGEE, PROMISE, TERRITORIAL WATERS, etc.

  4. MarilynJS

    There is a depravity in Australian politics and media that have allowed us to get to the point where murder of refugees is the new norm and Bernard you called us lefties out of touch.

  5. AR

    Of course it is a “war’, we were told that just after the budget emergency,the no new taxes and the no cuts.

  6. klewso

    Of course, on the bright side, they’ve expanded the field of examples of “Bull-shit”?

  7. AR

    Klewy, that’s a ‘bright side’?!? Yes, unfortunately you’re correct.

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