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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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Unis developing surveillance technology for China

An investigation has uncovered extensive collaborations between Australian universities and Chinese entities involved in Beijing’s increasing surveillance apparatus across the world.

The University of Technology Sydney, Curtin University and University of New South Wales have been named in an explosive report on the development of technologies used for human rights abuses in China.

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Digital licences introduced in New South Wales

A new digital driver’s licence is now legal for use across New South Wales following trials of the technology in parts of the region.

The move now makes NSW one of the few places in the world where citizens are able to choose to have a licence issued in digital format and have it displayed on their smartphones.

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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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