Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager has filed a human rights claim against Westpac over its decision to give police his account details, his lawyer says.

The Privacy Commissioner this week found the bank breached Hager’s privacy when it gave police access to 10 months of his accounts as part of an investigation without asking for a warrant.

But the commission’s rulings are not binding, and Hager’s lawyer, Felix Geiringer, on Thursday said he had filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal to get an enforceable order.

“He has asked Westpac to acknowledge that it breached his rights. Despite the Privacy Commissioner’s ruling, it has not been prepared to do that,” Mr Geiringer said.

A spokeswoman for Westpac confirmed that was the case and said the bank had no further comment to add.

Mr Geiringer said Hager would not only ask for an order ensuring Westpac couldn’t give its customers bank transaction data to the police without a warrant, but would also ask for an order requiring the bank to notify anyone whose privacy may have been breached.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

autarky (noun) – 1. A policy of national self-sufficiency and nonreliance on imports or economic aid.
2. A self-sufficient region or country.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1610s, “self-sufficiency,” from Greek autarkeia “sufficiency in oneself, independence,” from autarkes “self-sufficient, having enough, independent of others” (also used of countries), from autos “self” + arkein “to ward off, keep off,” also “to be strong enough, sufficient,” from PIE root *ark- “to hold, contain, guard”. From a different Greek source than autarchy, and thus the spelling. As a term in international economics, prominent late 1930s.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 24

7 Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.

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