South Australian construction worker and CFMEU member Ark Tribe is facing six months in jail for refusing to answer questions about a union meeting.
Is this Iran, the Philippines, Pakistan?
To even ask the question is to believe in the theory of exceptionalism - that the Australian ruling class is an exception to general ruling class hatred of workers, an exception to the general tendency of ruling classes everywhere to fall back on outright force and violence when other methods of intimidating and controlling the working class have failed.
Here's Ark's story, on video.
Liberal, Labor - both the same:
Howard's laws in Gillard's name!