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Guilty until proven innocent - the oppressive system of AVOs exposed
In tonight's show we take a look at the travesty of justice known as the Apprehended Violence Order (AVO).
An AVO is a restraining order which compels an 'alleged' violent person to stay away from an 'alleged' victim. In a strange exception of the norms of criminal justice , when an AVO is issued the concept of 'burden of proof ' changes it's meaning:
The burden of proof is lower for an application for an AVO than for other criminal matters. Instead of the complainant having to prove their fear beyond reasonable doubt, they need to prove it on the balance of probabilities. - source
In practice this often results in the accused being forced to 'prove innocence' in order to have the AVO dropped, since all that is required for the AVO to be upheld is for the court to be convinced that the 'protected person' is fearful that the 'defendant’ will commit an act of personal violence, intimidate, or stalk the 'protected person'.
More information about the consequences of an AVO can be found here.
My guest in the first hour, Neill, brings us his personal experience of an AVO. His story will surely rouse you into outrage over the way in which the legal system in Australia is geared to facilitating lies, corruption and perjury - allegedly in the cause of protecting the weak, but in reality facilitating a regime of oppression of men.
My 2nd hour guest David Zwolski brings us some inside information on the machinations of the Zeitgeist movement. David was formerly the lead coordinator of the Zeitgeist movement in Australia, but has since distanced himself from the movement.
Our discussion covers David's experience with the movement as well as his views on issues such as sustainability, population growth and the future of civilisation.
Round table discussion: do we really need money?
Tonight's show is a round table discussion conducted at Rudolf Steiner House in Sydney.
Do we need money? Is economic competition healthy or unhealthy? How should we organise society? These perennial questions are finally answered in tonight's show!
Our guests tonight are:
- Darrell Wheeler from the Social Threefolding Organisation
- Chris Wilkins from Zeitgeist Australia
- Lisa Devine from Anthroposophy in Australia
- Truth News co-anchor Josh Jackson
This is the third (and last) in our series on Building a Creative Economy.
Coincidentally, there is a newly released rap news video from thejuicemedia.com which covers some of the topics which we addressed in this show.
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In the second half we bring you an interview with two members of the Australian Zeitgeist Movement and a discussion of the movement's philosophical underpinning, the Venus Project:
The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems.
As you will see, The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting all of these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions. Through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium. more...
A fascinating discussion - hope you enjoy it (: