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National facial recognition ‘incompatible with a free society’, privacy groups warn

Australia’s leading privacy and civil liberties organisations have condemned the decision by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to provide all images from state and territory driver’s licence databases to a national facial biometric capability system.

The organisations, including the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Liberty Victoria, South Australian Council for Civil Liberties and Electronic Frontiers Australia, have called the comprehensive facial recognition database ‘unnecessary’ and ‘fundamentally incompatible with a free and open society’.

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Queensland announces trials to replace public transport cards with facial recognition

Public transport commuters in Queensland will be able ‘to use their faces as a ticket to board trains and buses’ in the near future, after it was announced on Thursday that trials will commence to replace the current ‘Go Card’ digital network with facial recognition technology.

Cubic Corporation, the company initially behind the ‘Go Card’, will trial the use of biometric identification technology to enable passengers to pay their fares in a ‘seamless, efficient way’, with card-operated gates to eventually be replaced by machines which scan an individual’s eyes or the unique pattern of veins in the palm of their hand.

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Analysis: Who really owns the ‘Big Four’ banks in Australia?

Their combined assets stood at $2.86 trillion in 2013 – or roughly twice the size of Australia’s national income. They also annually make up four of the five largest Australian companies by market capitalisation, together representing more than a quarter of the market, with control of 88% of residential mortgages and 80% of deposits according to the IMF.

Despite this, through continued media programming and educational indoctrination, it seems nobody begs to ask the question: if they own so much of Australia’s economy, who owns the Big Four? In the following feature, Ethan Nash examines.

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Discussion: Globalization, political correctness and opposing the state

Leon from Fairdinkum Radio is joined by Ethan Nash of TOTT News to discuss ‘Global Law’, the international order and Australia’s ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation.

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The Fall of Australia: An overview of new ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation

Following a number of counter-terrorism raids and foiled ‘beheading plots’ over the past month, the Australian government has passed a new amendment to existing ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation to combat domestic threats at home, with two more legislative pieces expected to be introduced and passed by the end of the year.

In the following feature piece, Ethan Nash takes an in-depth look at all three stages of the new legislation, including an analysis of how media and government authorities have manipulated public perception, capitalised on pre-conceived fears to erode personal freedoms in unprecedented fashion, and set the catalyst for an Orwellian state to subtlety expand.

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Video: Is conscientious objection to vaccination a form of child abuse?

Dr. Michael Gannon. Source: Perth Now Dr. Michael Gannon, the West Australian President of the Australian Medical Association recently appeared on ABC’s ‘The World Today’ to speak about his concern for an increase decline in vaccination rates in the state. During the interview, he said that parents choosing to not vaccinate their children are committing […]

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Opinion: Australia’s unjustified reaction to the MH17 incident

The aftermath of MH17 tells a tragic story. Source: Direct Matin Almost a week has passed since the MH17 disaster left close to 300 people dead, as the global community continues to mourn in the aftermath of this tragic incident. International media coverage was quick to point the finger at pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine […]

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Australian banks financing companies accused of land grabs, child labour

Oxfam report accuses Big 4 of financing illegal activites. Photo: SMH Australia’s leading ‘Big 4’ banks – National Australia Bank (NAB), Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Westpac and ANZ – have been accused of supporting land grabbing, child labour, forced evictions, inadequate compensation, food shortages and illegal logging, according to an Oxfam report released in April. The report, […]

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TOTT News goes Multimedia | FULL DETAILS

A new chapter. Photo: TOTT News TOTT News has taken great pride in bringing our readers the highest quality of contextual, independent, alternative media in Australia for over three years, and we are happy to announce that  midway throughout July – we will be returning to our roots and introducing a multimedia platform via our YouTube […]

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Vodafone admits governments use secret cables to tap phones

Secret wires are monitoring your every detail. Photo: AFP Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile phone company, revealed today that government agencies are able to listen to phone conversations live and track the location of citizens without warrants. This is done by using secret cables connected directly to the network equipment, and is the latest […]

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