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LOSS OF FREEDOM IN THE NAME OF “SECURITY”: new laws with a whiff of anti-Catholicism?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Ethics, Faith, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

Following alleged Chinese government influences being exerted on Australian businesses, political parties and universities the federal government plans new security laws.
Foreign donations in Australian political campaigns will be banned.
Journalists’ freedom to gather information will be curtailed – mere possession of “sensitive information” becoming punishable even if it isn’t published.
Foreign lobbyists will have to register themselves and declare who they are working for.
The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn’t like this last one.
Will people involved in Catholic charities, schools or social advocacy groups have to register as agents of a “foreign power” – namely the Vatican?
Might Catholic-related groups like the St Vincent de Paul Society have to register — because at times they comment on the ethics of political party policies which affect the homeless, refugees etc.
Freedom of speech in Australia can no longer be taken for granted.
Some of it disappeared during the “same-sex-marriage” debate.
The screws may tighten up further under the influence of the Prime Minister’s “freedom-of-religion” panel headed by Mr. Ruddock.
The panel membership includes no person known for conservative or traditional Catholic beliefs on these issues.

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