24.6 C
Byron Shire
May 8, 2021

Help make nosey Nicola’s November a nightmare

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Byron Council to introduce car-free Sundays in the centre of town

Byron Council has taken a further step toward getting cars out of, and pedestrians into, the centre of Byron, by voting to introduce car-free Sundays.

Council won’t save our beach

Cr Jan Hackett, Byron Bay Byron Shire Council refuses to take any action to save our once world-class beach, until...

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

He said, she said

Fast Buck$, Coorabell At last week’s Council meeting our former mayor had me kicked out of the meeting for ‘disorderly...

Kingscliff man charged over rape allegations

Tweed Byron police have arrested a 35-year-old Kingscliff man over rape allegations.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

Thousands of Australians are set to save Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s parliamentary email address as ‘Nosey Nicola’, and cc her on the day-to-day emails they believe the government shouldn’t be monitoring and retaining.

Nosey Nicola’s November Nightmare is a response to proposed changes in Australia’s national security laws, especially the proposal for blanket data retention. Generation Alpha, a Australian-based Facebook group of environmental and justice activists, has 5,000 Australian members from which to launch the campaign,

The campaign is based on humour, promoting that it is helping the attorney-general monitor Australian’s personal emails. The YouTube instructional video has examples of Australians cc’ing ‘Nosey Nicola’ on matters such as a fungal infection, the nature of existence, picking up a six-pack, and teenagers meeting each other in the mall.

Generation Alpha spokesperson Ben Pennings said, ‘We encourage concerned Australians to cc Nicola Roxon on their day-to-day emails, email traffic the federal government shouldn’t be monitoring and retaining. We don’t want to crash government computer systems. But we do want to send a humorous but clear message to the attorney-general that the government shouldn’t have their nose in the private business of either activists or the general public.

‘We have grave concerns that the data collected will be used by governments to monitor and hinder people undertaking legal protest. Similarly, the information could be used against journalists and whistle-blowers keeping governments to account.

‘Generation Alpha demands that intelligence agencies, law-enforcement officials and politicians respect the values of Australians by respecting our fundamental rights of privacy and political protest.

‘The lack of detail on data-retention safeguards is concerning. This issue is essential as there will be large financial incentives for criminal gangs to hack personal information for the use of fraud, identity theft, human trafficking and other serious crime.’

Nosey Nicola’s email: [email protected].

Generation Alpha: www.facebook.com/GenerationAlpha.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.