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Commonwealth Games: QLD Privacy Commissioner slams facial recognition plans as ‘unprecedented’

Queensland’s Privacy Commissioner has raised concerned over plans to use facial recognition technology to identify suspected ‘terrorists’ during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Biometric identification technology is set to be deployed on the Gold Coast public transport network early next year, including trains, trams and buses at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, to identify potential ‘terror suspects’ before they can interrupt the proceedings.

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Victorian government set to introduce new regulations for homeschooling, parents concerned

Parents in Victoria have raised concerns over new proposals by the government to change regulations surrounding home education in the state, including tougher measures on the process of approval and restrictions on the curriculum used by families at home.

The new changes, introduced early this year, will also introduce an increase in powers for government authorities to monitor and intervene in the education process, a move that has homeschooling advocates campaigning to shut the legislation down.

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Facial recognition to replace passports in radical security overhaul at Australian airports

Australia’s Customs and Border Protection will install 92 facial recognition terminals in international airports as part of an $18 million deal to replace passports with a “contactless” biometric identification system.

The program will see all international passengers processed by biometric recognition of the face, iris or fingerprints, incoming paper passenger cards abolished, and manned stations replaced by electronic stations and automatic triage.

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Australian schools are now implementing biometric identification technology

Parents have been told their concerns about privacy are ‘unwarranted’ after being advised children as young as five will have their fingerprints scanned at school as part of a controversial new biometric student attendance record-keeping program being introduced across Australia.

The system, an adaptation of previous programs that were suspended by the government due to privacy concerns, will allow students to register they are at school by placing their finger on a pad.

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Victoria set to introduce legislation permanently banning Coal Seam Gas exploration

The Victorian government has announced the introduction of legislation aimed at permanently banning the development of unconventional gas explorations throughout the state, including coal seam gas and fracking, in an unprecedented victory for campaigners across Australia.

The legislation, the first of its kind in the country, will be introduced into state parliament later this year, and will be aimed at protecting Victoria’s agriculture sector and alleviating farmers’ concerns about environmental and health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

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Revealed: Melbourne gym recruits members for Israeli army

A Melbourne gym that offered to teach its members to use firearms like elite Israeli army snipers in April is now offering to help Australians join the Israel Defence Forces, it has been revealed.

IDF Training is currently recruiting and offering support to young Australians seeking to join the IDF in response to the recent spate of “lone wolf” attacks in Israel, sparking much controversy and debate in relation to the recent ‘foreign fighter’ legislative pieces passed through the Australian parliament.

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Australian Roundtable Podcast concludes first season of broadcasting

One year ago, as part of a multimedia expansion for TOTT News, we announced the co-founding of a grassroots online radio project called the Australian Roundtable Podcast (ARP).

This week, after 50 official episodes and three G20 specials in late-2014, the show wrapped up its first season with a special broadcast on September 20th, 2015, reflecting on the past year of news and affairs.

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Video: Protesters rally against compulsory vaccination in Brisbane

Protesters rallied at Queens Park in Brisbane yesterday to oppose proposals to revoke family tax benefits of conscientious objectors to vaccination, through means of legislative reform, and to promote the ideals of freedom of choice from state-enforced measures through lies, deception and propaganda.

TOTT News and Real News Australia were at the rally, and captured a number of photos, interviews and videos.

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Mark of the Beast: Visa polls Australians about payments with RFID implants

This week, in an article published by The Australian, it has been revealed that Visa and the University of Technology in Sydney have announced a partnership to explore the future of ‘wearable technology’, including the development of a new implanted device to make every day transactions easier for the public:

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New Australian law allows forced vaccinations, quarantine or jail to ‘prevent the spread of disease’

Biosecurity researchers inside a laboratory in Geelong. Photo: CSIRO/AAP Individuals suspected of having a serious contagious disease could face five years in prison if they defy orders to stay at home – including forced vaccinations, searches without a warrant and more – according to new legislation passed into Australian law. The Biosecurity Bill 2014 cleared […]

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