Revealed: Australia’s spy agency has access to internet codes

Australia’s electronic spy agency reportedly has access to a top secret program that has successfully cracked the encryption used by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their emails, phone calls and online business transactions. Documents disclosed by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal the program run by the US National Security

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Strip searches approved in massive police powers boost for G20 forum in Brisbane CBD

Police will be granted extra powers inside a “declared area” of inner city Brisbane stretching from South Bank, to Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley and Wooloongabba in a bid to stop the violent chaos that has crippled other G20 host cities. Inside the zone, police will be able to strip search anyone they fear

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Kevin Rudd pledges to cut Family Tax Benefit of “conscientious objectors” to immunisation

Kevin Rudd will today unveil new measures to lift childhood immunisation rates by directly linking a key family payment to vaccinations. The Prime Minister will announce that if re-elected all children will have to be fully immunised in order to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement. Parents who register as “conscientious objectors”

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