Category Archives: Australian security and counter-terrorism

Revealed: how Australian spies filmed Indigenous activists during the cold war

Asio Makes a Movie shows footage gathered by undercover agents of suspected enemies of the state, including Faith Bandler

In the early 1950s, as acute cold war paranoia about possible communist infiltration began dominating Australian politics, the next generation of Indigenous activists took their equality fight to Europe.

And not just anywhere in Europe. On 7 June 1951, a 21-year-old Aboriginal man, Ray Peckham, and another increasingly prominent Indigenous activist, Faith Bandler, 32, were due to set sail from Melbourne to the World Youth Festival for Peace in Soviet-controlled East Berlin.

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Top secret Australian government files found in secondhand shop

Hundreds of documents were in filing cabinets bought for ‘small change’ because they had no key

Finding and exposing classified government information is a traditionally dangerous occupation – whistleblowers have risked their livelihoods and liberty to bring government secrets into the light, while news organisations have been threatened and chastised.

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