Would you believe that the same legal firm is still trying to intimidate Centrelink clients one year later after their first abortive attempts to sue me for defamation to stop public criticism of biased child care assessments by public servants. Minter Ellison have learnt nothing and with their barristers they are again on 30th July 2007 acting to intimidate and silence the poorest Australians. If they are proud of the just cause of their action they should be happy it will all be debated in the public media and preserved as digital records for many years to come. A reply to Minter Ellison from the webmaster
After failing to intimidate Jason through threats by Sparke Hellmore, Centrelink have now engaged the same Melbourne law firm who threatened heretic Press, Minter Ellison to sue Jason for Copyright breach for the parody he made of the Centrelink logo. From Freedon of Information requests we know that Paul Zawa of Minter Ellison will receive about $5,000 for the letter he wrote to Jason from the Australian people. At least $10,000 of taxpayer's money have been given to Minter Elison to threaten Jason Pickett and another $5,000 to threaten hereticpress.com. Australian legal discussion group of Jason's case. The people versus the people? In another case, Centrelink lied about copyright breaches to close down 3 websites.
There is nothing seditious or criminal about the content of any articles by Jason or Hereticpress. Is Centrelink permitted to act as an internet censor in Australia. The online news site Jason had posted his article and artwork. Footscray police confiscate Azlan McLennan's artwork. The swastika is an ancient symbol predating Nazi use on the Indymedia site. Indymedia stated to me they had no choice but to remove Jason's work or they would be closed down.
Anyone interested in having a fair say against Centrelink or the Australian government should invest in a US server who supports the American Bill of Rights guarantee of Free Speech. An Australia server like Indymedia felt absolutely powerless to stop the Australian government shutting it down. Centrelink have no legal right to threaten critics.
You can't bully all the people all the time Centrelink. Jason is no shrinking violet and Heretic Press also refused to comply with unreasonable illegal demands of Centrelink. All Centrelink have done is to greatly strengthen community awareness of their ultra vires actions like internet censorship or stopping commercial traffic with Victoria police to question drivers on their income. The Nazi logo by Jason for Centreflunk seems an appropriate metaphor for such jackboots bullying behaviour. Jason has been working hard to avoid Australian servers easily influenced by Centrelink bullies. Jason has Centreflunk chat pages and a hall of shame naming Centreflunk staff as well as a mailing list for aggrevieved Centrelink clients. A letter from Jason.
I wonder if a larger server with better political connections like crikey has been taken off-line by Centrelink, or any mainstream media outlets have pulled stories critical of Centrelink?
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