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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Australia: Visiting US peace activist arrested as 'security threat'
The Age [Australia]

"An American environmentalist and peace activist, in Australia to talk about non-violent methods of protest, has been arrested as a security threat. History teacher Scott Parkin, 35, was arrested by the Australian Federal Police in Melbourne on Saturday as he travelled to a workshop he was conducting on the US peace movement. Last night he was being held at the Melbourne Custody Centre. An Immigration Department spokesman confirmed he had been arrested on "character grounds" at its request and he would be deported "as soon as practicable". The move has sparked outrage among politicians, refugee groups, environment and legal groups. At the end of a week in which the Federal Government put forward unparalleled anti-terrorist arrest and detention provisions, they say Mr Parkin's arrest highlights the abuses to which such sweeping powers are open." (09/11/05)


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