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Neuralink to trial microchips for human brains

Neuralink, the ambitious tech company behind research to link the human brain and computer together, is looking to start trials on patients next year.

The announcement comes three years after Elon Musk unveiled plans to implant microchips into people’s brains to control devices and “enable superhuman intelligence”.

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Facial recognition legislation under review

The Australian government is pushing ahead with plans to develop a national facial recognition database, with long-overdue reviews into ‘identity security’ laws now underway in parliament.

The Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is currently discussing three new controversial pieces of legislation, after state governments unanimously agreed to develop the biometric identification system in 2017.

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Land ownership papers to be made “redundant”

New announcements have revealed upcoming changes to land ownership documents, with laws set to remove the option for physical paperwork.

The Queensland government has recently passed an amendment that will end the legal validity of paper Certificates of Titles, now classifying all options outside of digital documents as “redundant”.

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More 5G tower victories across Australia

Telco giants have been met with further roadblocks in the race towards 5G, with more regions successfully campaigning to reject future tower proposals.

The Lathlain and Currumbin Valley regions have recently won bids to appeal both tower and mobile base station installations, following on from similar victories in the Sutherland Shire region last month.

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Plans to limit cash transactions over $10,000

The Australian government has released draft legislation to implement an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000 from 1 January 2020.

Treasury officials have announced the laws will be “encouraging the transition to a digital society”.

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Euthanasia laws inching closer to reality in WA

The WA government has put forward the clearest proposal yet about how legislation permitting assisted suicide will work, in anticipation of upcoming parliamentary debates.

A new report, chaired by former WA governor Malcolm McCusker, sets out who will be able to access euthanasia and the process they will go through.

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Council backs residents against Telstra installations

Sutherland Shire Council is making a last-ditch effort to stop Telstra mobile phone installations going ahead at Lilli Pilli, Kareela and Engadine.

A council meeting held earlier this week approved an appeal against Telstra mounting ‘small cell’ installations on community infrastructure.

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New legal advice exposes fluoridation programs

Australian councils do not have legal approval to add fluoride to community water supplies, according to advice from a prominent lawyer.

In a 43-page recommendation to Port Macquarie Council, Tim Robertson SC has exposed a federal loophole that calls into question fluoridation programs across the country.

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Facial recognition set for Sydney transport network

The New South Wales government has revealed plans to roll out facial recognition technology across the public transport network as an alternative to Opal cards.

The announcement follows similar moves in Queensland, where the same company responsible for ‘tap-and-go’ technology is incorporating biometric identification into train and bus systems.

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Telstra formally warned over 5G expansion

Telstra has been hit with a formal warning by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for failing to comply with regulations governing the deployment of mobile base stations.

The investigation comes as Telstra ignores growing concerns by Australian residents regarding the technology, while they continue ramping up efforts to capitalise on the next generation rollout.

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