World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


ASIO deports, accusations of protester violence

ASIO over zealous to deport on basis of 'tired old accusations' of protester violence

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today has accused ASIO of being over zealous in deporting peace activist Scott Parkin on the basis of unsubstantiated accusations that he was involved in discussing protests tactics that were 'likely' to increase violence.

"The report in today's Australian newspaper is worrying because it indicates that ASIO has deported a person on the basis of the same tired old rumours of potentially violent tactics that always surround protest actions," Senator Nettle said.

"I have been involved in many protests in Australia and there are often accusations that protesters are planning to roll marbles under police horses. I am not aware of a single instance when this has occurred.

"There appears to be no evidence that Mr Parkin was planning to advocate the use of violence, no evidence that he has been involved in any violence or was planning to be involved in violence. In fact Mr Parkin has consistently stated his abhorrence of violence and has a history of involvement in non-violent protest.

"If a person is conspiring to commit a violent crime then that is an offence. If Mr Parkin was guilty of an offence he would have been arrested and charged but he was not.

"The Greens are concerned that the details of the adverse security assessment appear to have been selectively leaked to The Australian, to a journalist, Greg Sheridan, who is very supportive of government policy. The Greens have written to the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to investigate this apparent breach of the law.

"The full details for this assessment should be released because, on the face of it, ASIO appears to have deported Mr Parkin on the basis of unsubstantiated tired old accusations of protester violence. To deport a man based on rumour is over zealous and unprofessional."

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news