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Bushfire donations: Where is the money?

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated from around the world to Australian bushfire victims, but those impacted are still yet to see any of the funds.

The $50 million campaign raised by Celeste Barber is set to face ongoing ‘legal hurdles’, while Australian charities have announced they will be keeping most of the funds for themselves.

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Supermarkets to be ‘checkout free’ by 2030

Australian supermarkets will become ‘checkout free’ within 10 years, according to a Coles executive.

New technologies, driven by automation and artificial intelligence, are beginning to transform the Australian shopping landscape and this shift is only predicted to increase by 2030.

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Vodafone and Nokia to deploy 5G network

A new partnership between Vodafone and Nokia will fast track Vodafone’s rollout of 5G throughout Australia over the next 12 months.

The two groups join national plans to deploy functional 5G technologies across the country in 2020 by the government and telecommunications companies.

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Smart meters to receive $2.7 million subsidy

The Australian government will provide $2.7 million to subsidise new advanced smart meters for households, businesses and schools in a trial to monitor energy use.

The $8 million project will be lead by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and will allow the provider access to household data in order to tap in and reduce personal off-peak consumption.

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Euthanasia becomes law in Western Australia

Western Australia has become the 19th jurisdiction in the world to legalise euthanasia, with the government’s voluntary assisted dying law clearing its final parliamentary hurdle.

Health Minister Roger Cook “held back tears” as he delivered his final address to the house.

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Australian GPs prescribing placebos to patients

Most Australian GPs have used a placebos in their practice and believe prescribing drugs in this fashion to patients is justified, according to new research.

The research has revealed doctors are openly deceiving patients by giving them medicine proven not to work for discussed conditions, ranging from water-based injections to unnecessary antibiotics.

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Surveillance drones to monitor holiday period

Privacy experts have hit out at reports that Victorian Police plan to operate camera surveillance drones on public beaches over the upcoming holiday period.

This announcement follows concerns over increases in drone-related surveillance in public spaces across Australia, including at sporting events, CBD locations, beaches and more.

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Victoria extends ‘One Belt, One Road’ partnership

The Victorian government is set to extend commitments to China’s controversial ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, after joining the international trade plan over a year ago.

Victoria remains the only state to support President Xi Jinping’s plan to ‘unite the world’ through sophisticated trade networks, while critics question China’s continued mass influence over Australia.

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5G ‘health scare campaign’ is growing: Telstra

Australia’s largest telecommunications provider has warned a “health scare campaign” about the upcoming 5G mobile network is gaining momentum.

Telstra have called on the government to “quickly and respectfully” address community fears about the network, an inquiry submission says.

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Senate dismisses 95% of cash ban submissions

A new inquiry into controversial legislation to ban cash transactions exceeding $10,000 has been met with yet another wave of public concern through submissions.

The Economics Legislation Committee have subsequently alerted submitters that only 130 of 2,600 submissions — 5% of the total — will be published when the inquiry hands down their findings in February.

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