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The right to silence is one of the most basic rights a person has under the various justice systems that operate in Australia. The central premise is that the state is not allowed to force someone to incriminate themselves, because frankly, that sort of thing tends to lead to false confessions and the jailing of innocent people.

Unfortunately, this right is not something ensured by the constitution. Instead it's what's known as a common law right, something backed by precedent and case law, but vulnerable to legislative change. In NSW last week we saw exactly that.

In this episode of Purser Explores The World, I speak with criminal lawyer Andrew Tiedt about the changes passed last week and how they introduce new limits to your right to silence.

Show Notes

Evidence Amendment (Evidence of Silence) Bill 2013: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/bills/docref/ca44aa57-8cc1-449d-8c8a-eaa630c0cc45

Andrew Tiedts blog: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/

The Silent Menace: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-silent-menace.html

An Opportunity to Improve: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/an-opportunity-to-improve.html

Something Wonky Episode: http://somethingwonky.com/podcast/2013/3/21/37-prime-minister-ferguson.html

I've said it before and I'll say it again. We are living in the future. We're living at a time when the first true cybernetics are being developed, when people can realistically say that they have a bio lab in their garage. We're standing on the edge of a change, something that could transform humanity like nothing that has come before.

Some people call this the Singularity. The point at which everything merges together and we have no idea what's going to come out the other side.

Adam Ford is a man who has been pondering the singularity for a while. He is going to lead us through, what the Singularity is, what Transhumanism actually means and what we might expect down the track.

Show notes:

In the show Adam mentions the Future Day event. At the time of recording there were tickets available. To find out out more about Future Day go to the website:


As well as Future Day, Adam is involved with Humanity plus:


And has his own youtube channel, where he videoblogs and posts interviews with others in the transhumanism community:


After a year long investigation, including a number of different disciplines from areas such as archeology, geneology and medical, it was finally confirmed that a body found buried in a carpark in Leicester, England was indeed Richard the third. For this episode I catch up with Michael Stutchbery and talk about why this caused as much excitement as it did, and why it's so important.

Show Notes

University of Leicester "Grey Friars Project" Website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/greyfriars/leicester

Michael Stuchbery's blog: http://mike-stuchbery.com/

Horrible Histories ode to Richard Three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6JczvS1PL4

Inspired by a twitter conversation between Stilgherrian and Mark Newton about this article I thought I would explore what tomorrows geek would be playing at with them and Liz Quilty. Unfortunately a round table discussion wasn't possible but I think these three individual chats do something to shed some light.
Oh, and here is the video that I mention in the episode after Marks interview. Don't watch it until you've heard what we're talking about :)

The Open Australia Foundation has been one of the leading lights in the citizen driven Open Government movement in Australia, recently they launched a new project based around the idea of opening up the process of Freedom Of Information requests so I thought I would have a chat and see what they're up to.

Open Australia Projects:

Open Australia

Planning Alerts

Election Leaflets

Right To Know

The full motion and the governments response: http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-11-29.23.1&s=speaker%3A10760#g25.1