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Australian government could allow private firms access to facial recognition data

The federal government is considering allowing private companies to use its national facial recognition database for a fee, documents released under Freedom of Information laws have revealed. The partially redacted ...

Queensland announces trials to replace public transport cards with facial recognition

Public transport commuters in Queensland will be able 'to use their faces as a ticket to board trains and buses' in the near future, after it was announced on Thursday ...

How a secretive elite created the EU to build a world government

It has been one week since the world was left in a state of shock following the results of a referendum in the United Kingdom to exit the European Union, ...

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Revealed: Details of new Australian national facial recognition system

The Australian government has unveiled new details surrounding highly controversial changes to ...

Who really owns the ‘Big Four’ banks in Australia?

Their combined assets stood at $2.86 trillion in 2013 - or roughly ...

The Fall of Australia: An overview of ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation

Following a number of counter-terrorism raids and foiled 'beheading plots' over the ...

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Tech alliance unites to condemn new encryption bill

Technology giants and human rights groups have formed an alliance to fight the Australian government’s new encryption bill.

Calling themselves the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, the group consists of industry, consumer and human rights groups, who are criticising the government for attempting to pass legislation that threatens the digital security of Australians.

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The foreign takeover of Australian gas and electricity

There is growing concerns foreign ownership of vital assets in Australia could put national security at risk, after a $13 billion bid by Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure (CKI) for Australia’s east coast gas pipeline network has been cleared by the competition watchdog.

The move is the latest example in an ongoing series of major changes to Australia’s gas and electricity sector over the last decade, which has seen assets privatised and the majority of ownership transferred to foreign corporations.

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Victoria set to introduce new “gender equality bill”

The Victorian government has released details of new draft legislation this week that describes changes to the public sector that will force departments to introduce radical new policies to meet “gender quotas and targets”.

The new plan will include a requirement to develop and provide regular reporting with a ‘Gender Equality Action Plan’ and a 50/50 employee representation quota for most areas of business.

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Parents opt-out of classroom technology amid privacy concerns

Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schools, colleges and universities now replete with a catalogue of digital devices, systems and applications.

Because of this ubiquity, educational uses of technology tend to escape critical scrutiny and questioning, and most remain unaware of major privacy concerns raised when exploring how your children’s personal information is collected, stored and used at school.

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Turnbull replaced after Rupert Murdoch visits Australia

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul behind News Corp and 21st Century Fox, has visited Australia this month and once again invariably seismic events have been triggered, culminating with the #LibSpill.

Is it any surprise that Malcolm Turnbull has been replaced less than a fortnight after Murdoch arrived here? Of course it isn’t, Ethan Nash argues.

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‘Privacy nightmare’: Concerns over new encryption bill

The Australian government has released details of a new telecommunications bill that grants agencies new powers to access encrypted communications data, including enhancing the obligations of companies to provide assistance and new warrants to covertly obtain evidence directly from devices.

In the following piece, Ethan Nash breaks down the legislation, including historical and technical contexts, details of both major schedules in the drafted legislation, and reasons for concerns associated with the broadened power scope granted.

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The Australian government doesn’t care about our farmers | Opinion

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a $190 million ‘relief package’ this week to help drought-stricken farmers continue to battle one of the worst dry periods ever recorded.

In the following piece, Ethan Nash argues current campaigns by both government and media authorities to ‘help the farmers’ are all a smoke screen to distract the public from the fact this situation was manufactured to be this way and isn’t meant to be fixed any time soon.

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Ultimate guide to the dangers of vaccines in Australia

The Australian government’s claims of safety and efficacy of vaccines are being underpinned by non-objective science provided by an oligarchy of pharmaceutical companies through industry-funded institutions and lobby groups.

In this hostile climate, any citizen questioning vaccination policy is reflexively labelled an “anti-vaxxer” and marginalised or even censored.

The following piece is an ultimate guide to the dangers of vaccines in Australia, including a list of ingredients, studies and medical professionals opposing vaccines, details of the adverse reaction process domestically, Big Pharma’s connections to big business and government and more.

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Revealed: The Australian companies manipulating our weather

Geoengineering, or weather manipulation, has now become commonly accepted as the deliberate intervention or large-scale manipulation of the climate system of Earth to counteract ‘global warming’ or to influence the environment.

For over five decades in Australia, the study of clouds, rain and the atmosphere has been largely hidden from the public, as a secretive network of government agencies and private business interests continue to manipulate the weather around us to their personal benefit.

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Revealed: Facial recognition technology to stay following Commonwealth Games

Queensland Government officials have announced that facial recognition technology introduced for security during the 2018 Commonwealth Games will remain in place indefinitely, but won’t say what future use they have in mind for the biometric system.

Civil liberty campaigners say the refusal to release plans for the installed software amounts to a ‘disturbing development in mass surveillance’, with privacy advocates concerned about how the technology will be used in conjunction with the new national facial recognition program.

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