Scott Parkin was granted a visitor’s visa back in June, at which time his character would have been assessed by ASIO. Clearly, there were no concerns at the time which would have contraindicated a visitor’s visa grant to Parkin, yet his visa was revoked by DIMIA on the improbably vague basis that he represents a threat to national security.
In the 6 weeks since Parkin has been in Australia, he has participated in a non-violent protest against the war on Iraq (specifically at an anti-Halliburton protest in Sydney, at which no arrests were made) and has also been conducting classes in non-violent civil disobedience in Melbourne.
Parkin was arrested last Saturday at a Melbourne cafe by Australian Federal Police on orders of DIMIA, which will not comment upon the actual reasons why Parkin has been detained. Parkin is being held in solitary confinement at the Melbourne Custody Centre and is being charged about $130 per day for the pleasure.
The SMH reports:
"Greens leader Bob Brown says Mr Parkin may have been arrested for political reasons on orders from Washington, because of the American’s history of activism against US military contractor Halliburton, which has close ties to US Vice President Dick Cheney."
High profile refugee advocate Julian Burnside, QC says that Parkin’s detention may well be an abuse of power, but that as a result of the application of anti-terrorism laws, the government may be under no obligation to actually state why Parkin has been detained.
HoWARd and the lying sack of shit want you to believe that their outrageous ‘anti-terrorism‘ laws are indeed directed at those scary brown people, when in fact, they want to use these laws to suppress peaceful political dissent in Australia, not to keep Australia safe from terrorism.
Well, Mr HoWARd and Mr Ruddock, take this message loud and clear: I am a dissenter. I am implacably opposed to American and Australian military involvement in Iraq- and I am an American in Australia.
Come and get me, you bastards. Being arrested in a purportedly free society for one’s peacefully expressed political beliefs is a badge of honour one can take to the grave with pride.
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