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American in jail for advocating peace in Australia

September 14th, 2005 · No Comments

This whole Scott Parkin thing seems crazy to me. An American history teacher comes to Australia to run peace workshops and attend peace rallies and the Australian government arrests him and looks set to deport him without explanation.

As an Australian who attended a rally in Washington DC in 2002 and a protest in New York in 2004, I guess I’m lucky I didn’t get locked up and kicked out of America.

Free speech is well-and-truly on really shaky ground here and I’m nervous that my peers are too busy downloading ringtones and listening to iPods to even notice that they’ve gotta watch what they say.

Like so many things in life, free speech seems to be a matter of ‘use it or lose it’ and I’m concerned that not enough Aussies are using it…

Crikey ran an interesting story on this one. Check out their coverage. [Editor’s note: Unfortunately this resource is no longer available online and we have therefore removed the link.]

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