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Tag Archives: Queensland

Australia’s rapid shift to digital identification and licenses

Digital identity and instant identification will soon become the new standard.

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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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Ministers involved in shredding of ‘Heiner Affair’ papers may be guilty of criminal offence

25 years after allegations of sexual abuse at the John Oxley Youth Detention Centre in the 1980s, Commissioner Tim Carmody, QC, has delivered his final reports on the long-going investigation into the shredding of documents by the Goss Government in 1990. Although the reports found no grounds for cover-up, Queensland Attorney General, Jarrod Bleijie (pictured above) […]

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Hundreds ‘March Against Monsanto’ in Brisbane

The streets of Brisbane were filled today with protesters campaigning against agribusiness giant Monsanto, to raise awareness about an issue that some say is more important than any other – our food, our farmers, our Eco-system and ultimately – our health. TOTT News was present at the Brisbane ‘March Against Monsanto’, an event held in […]

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Mandatory fluoridation in Queensland scrapped

The mandatory addition of fluoride to Queensland water supplies will abolished today following an overwhelming response to a e-petition entitled ‘Ending the practice of fluoridation of Queensland’s water supplies’ on the website of the Queensland Government. The petition, initially started by Robbie Hook, soon gathered the support of Liz Cunningham MP, and began gaining momentum throughout […]

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The expansion of Australian intelligence powers

The telephone and internet data of every Australian will be retained for up to two years and intelligence agencies would be given increased access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, under a suite of new proposals from Australia’s intelligence community. Revealed in a discussion paper released by the Attorney-General’s Department, the more […]

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Ethan Nash’s open letter to Julia Gillard about GM Wheat in Australia

GM Wheat in Australia. Photo: SOR Dear PM Julia Gillard, I am deeply concerned that the Australian Government is selling a ‘patent’ on our daily bread to foreign biotech corporations. Genetically modified (GM) wheat has been released across five Australian states and territories, and the CSIRO says that GM bread will be on Australian supermarket […]

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ASIO is spying on groups that campaign against Coal Mining

Australia’s leading counter-terrorism agency has been providing intelligence to the federal government on environmental groups that campaign against coal mining. The Australia Security Intelligence Organisation’s politically sensitive monitoring of the campaigners comes after Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson warned that protests at power stations and coal export terminals could have ”life-threatening” consequences and ”major […]

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Secret Australian SAS team in Africa

It has recently been revealed, that a secret unit of the Australian military’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) have been deployed on “dozens” of illegal spying operations inside a number of African countries over the past year. The missions, including in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria, have been “assessing border controls, exploring landing sites for possible […]

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Kony 2012: All just a big scam?

I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to the KONY 2012 campaign. KONY 2012 is the product of a group called Invisible Children, a controversial […]

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