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Cash ban continues against inquiry advice

The government has bypassed parliamentary procedures by pushing controversial legislation to ban cash transactions through the House of Representatives before a new inquiry concludes.

Despite proposals to limit cash transactions over $10,000 being delayed following a committee review in August, authorities are continuing ahead with the plans against advice from the report.

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Committee rejects facial recognition legislation

Australia’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has ordered the government back to the drawing board, after rejecting laws to establish a national facial recognition database.

It is the first time since 2002 that a parliament committee has recommended new intelligence laws be withdrawn, saying the legislation needs to be redrafted to ensure citizen rights are protected.

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NSW to further privatise bus services

The New South Wales government has announced plans to privatise bus services in Sydney’s north-western suburbs, lower-north shore, northern beaches and eastern suburbs.

The move follows ongoing privatization of assets and infrastructure across the state in recent years, including industries such as water, electricity, public transport and public hospitals.

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Queensland mandating gender theory curriculum?

The Queensland government is set to make a new program with controversial links to gender theory websites compulsory in all schools across the state.

The move is part of a national push to ‘educate’ children about the nature of sexuality and relationships, however many are concerned this will leave the most vulnerable in our society exposed to hyper-sexual information.

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Government wants access to Facebook messages

Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities access to read encrypted messages.

Police agencies claim reading selected encrypted messages is similar to wiretaps for phone calls, however, security experts say allowing such access makes messaging insecure for everyone.

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TPG abandons 5G over public concerns

A senior TPG executive has claimed the company scrapped plans for a 5G network following “community pressure” over the health impacts of wireless technology.

Chief Operating Executive Craig Levy has told the Federal Court the company had become nervous about community concerns over its ‘small cell’ network rollout.

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UN calls for overhaul of world trade system

The United Nations has called for an international “green deal” and overhaul of the world’s financial order to ­tackle ‘climate change’ and deliver on the Agenda 2030 plan.

New measures are needed to raise and distribute $2.5 trillion a year to developing countries, says a new UN report, released alongside this week’s climate meeting.

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Cash ban delayed after public backlash

Legislation that would have outlawed cash payments for goods and services exceeding $10,000 has been set aside and referred to a committee until February 2020.

Following a influx of public submissions, the setback of the bill has been described as a “notable victory”, while concerns still remain surrounding the details of the proposed legislative changes.

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Inquiry launched into 5G in Australia

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has commenced a parliament-first inquiry into 5G network technology.

The announcement follows months of public outcry from concerned citizens and community action groups over the rollout of 5G in Australia.

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Concerns raised over national facial recognition

Plans to pass legislation permitting the use of national face-identity matching services has come under criticism by some of Australia’s largest privacy groups.

Civil liberty advocates, including Digital Rights Watch and others, have spoken out against plans to monitor all citizens via advanced biometric CCTV capabilities.

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