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Fall of Democracy: Australia’s growing anti-protest regulations

Federal and state governments have both passed successive legislative amendments in recent years that threaten fundamental rights to protests and freedom of speech in Australia.

The latest installment, amendments to the Crown Land Management Act in Victoria, have been described as “a fundamental attack on democracy”, leaving many experts calling for an audit of increasing draconian measures introduced in the last decade.

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Most popular content of 2018 | TOTT News

As the year of 2018 comes to an end in the history books, we reflect on the ‘Top 15’ most popular pieces published by TOTT News throughout the year across all platforms.

From hard-hitting feature articles and videos, to controversial opinions and social observations, to the latest pressing news and topics, we were there to capture a very interesting year in Australian society.

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Australia’s move towards a cashless society

New reports released by payment industry bodies have revealed Australia’s shift to a digital economy is accelerating, with increasing cashless payments outperforming continuing declines of cash and cheque at an unprecedented rate.

As the trend towards a cashless era continues in Australia, Ethan Nash takes a look at an emerging society that will see the future dollar issued and used with no tangible representation.

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The truth about gun control in Australia

In 1996, Australia passed some of the most restrictive gun laws in the western world, including bans on semi-automatic and self-loading rifles and shotguns, and imposed stricter licensing and registration requirements.

Australians pride themselves on ‘telling it like it is’, but when it comes to gun laws, ‘straight shooting’ often takes a back seat to a determined effort at silencing debate.

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Australians will have to opt-out of donating organs

Australians will automatically have their organs harvested after they ‘die’ in a drastic new proposal being considered to decrease trending black market sales of organs.

The policy, which is being discussed by MPs, would assume all Australians are organ ‘donors’ unless they have filled out official documents to opt-out.

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No Jab, No Job: The next step of the vaccination debate? | Opinion

Earlier this year, the Australian government released a directive requiring all staff in “high-risk workplaces” to provide information on their flu vaccination status, including restricting access to work in certain areas for those who refuse to comply.

The move is the latest example in a trend that has seen both public and private sectors introduce policies requiring vaccinations for work, leaving many concerned that immunisation may soon become a mandatory requirement for all employment.

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Smart Home Technology: Thought Police in the 21st Century

From smart meters to smart phones, the world has seen increased development of new technologies over the last decade, allowing companies the ability to slowly become major actors in the world of law enforcement and national security.

As the world enters what technology experts are calling the “fourth industrial revolution”, Ethan Nash explores growing evidence suggesting that smart home technology was designed to be a surveillance intermediary for police and intelligence organisations.

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Lima Declaration: How the UN ended Australian sovereignty

The deal that unlocked the gates of the First World.

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Language of Fear: Attack in Melbourne

On the 9th of the 11th, 2018, another ‘terrorism’ event has occurred on the streets of Melbourne.

In the immediate aftermath of the event, the social engineers and media manipulators have begun routine broadcasting of fearmongering material to keep the public in a perpetual state of fear, while using this event to justify further measures to ban ‘hate speech’ material.

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Australia’s rapid shift to digital identification and licenses

Digital identity and instant identification will soon become the new standard.

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