Pollies in both major parties support the exorbitant excise taxes, but Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has taken the government to task for its irrational and damaging sin taxes on tobacco.
In April this year, the ABC uncovered that more than a dozen people convicted of child sex crimes, rape, obscene exposure and assault had applied for working with children checks in the last five years…and succeeded.
It’s not hard to spot a trend emerging in how Australia deals with disciplining its citizens. Once people start acting irresponsibly, their responsibilities are taken from them.
In yet another sign that governments are unable to learn from or admit their mistakes, Canberra is ready to double down on a policy that’s already fuelling a billion dollar black market.
Most people don’t like the thought of their private messages being reviewed. But the Federal Government believes that there is a desperate need for them to be able to do so.
Unions, backed by left leaning media, made a lot of noise when some Sunday penalty rates were cut last July. They claimed it was one more example of the common man taking a hit, so the fat cats could line their pockets. But the Turnbull government has news for them.
US President Donald Trump has been working hard to end long standing divisions between the US and its de facto enemies, like Russia and North Korea. Back home, Trump is also working to end the increasingly divisive tactics of the far left and far right factions.
If it seems like everyone is out for your data, that’s because they are. What kind of data are they after? Everything really. The more personal, the better.
Arguments first began back in 2013, when Mr Wilson, a self-styled crypto anarchist, showed off the world’s first 3D-printed gun. Files showing how to replicate the process became immediately available on the Defense Distributed website, where it was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.
These enemies provide a necessary distraction from the ineptitude of their own governments. They bring citizens together under a common cause, a common flag, in an always popular ‘us versus them’ scenario. And they vindicate the need for trillions of dollars in defence spending and ever more intrusive security operations.
Facebook has not been quiet with their push to gain access to users’ banking data and other sensitive financial information.
The latest furore comes as the social media giant is accused, along with other Silicon Valley darlings, of a coordinated censorship campaign against controversial personality Alex Jones.
The Victorian government’s spending on public servants has erupted by more than a quarter since Labor came to office. The quickest-growing wages bill of any Australian government.
With the electric car ‘revolution’ gaining more and more traction every day, Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg predicts that the number of electric vehicles on Australian roads will rise to one million by 2030 — up from about 8300 today. his might sound great, however there is a growing concern. Find out why here
More than 15 people are being questioned by police as part of a fraud investigation into Victorian Labor’s rorts-for-votes scandal. State secretary Samuel Rae said the party will continue to co-operate with police, but this didn’t stop them at hitting out at the fraud squad’s tactics.
Fortunately, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out signing onto a global pact on migration. He stated that he will not allow the United Nations to undermine Australia’s borders.
Mr Turnbull said the Liberal government’s national energy guarantee (NEG) would be ‘technology neutral’, not favouring any particular type of energy generation. He explained that it would be a mistake to subsidise renewables or coal.
Last week The Australian Tribune reported that Perth had decided the city needs facial recognition technology in its CCTV cameras. We were unsure why at the time. And we remain unconvinced of the need for this privacy eroding measure today.
The self-proclaimed ‘master of the deal’ may well also be the ‘master of the bluff’. And as any good poker player knows, bluffing works best when you show you’re willing to follow through on your losing bets by upping the ante.
It remains unclear why the city of Perth needs facial recognition technology to keep its citizens safe. Similar technology is used in China’s major cities. But its use in crime fighting is dwarfed by its use to control Chinese citizens’ behaviour.
First, to allay alarm, the following scenario — and the purposefully vague headline above — are hypothetical. While there were thefts and assaults in Melbourne over the weekend, this one is wholly made up.
With less than 130 days until the November state election, a fresh investigation would be a major distraction for Premier Daniel Andrews and his Labor team.
With both sides warning there won’t be a breakthrough unless the other side caves — the approaching industrial struggle could cause trouble for Labor at November’s state election.
Unfortunately for oil bulls — but fortunately for consumers at the pump — the global supply of oil has never looked stronger.
When faced with two alternatives, where neither outcome is ideal, which one do you choose? That’s the dilemma Labor MPs have in front of them.
Despite it’s good intentions, the hospital ship will not be dropping anchor in any nations that diplomatically acknowledge Taiwan. That includes Tuvalu, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Kiribati. Many of them places where a state of the art hospital ship could make a real difference in people’s lives.
When you’re scrolling the weekly mainstream news, there’s a scarce chance that you won’t find some outlandish claims being made against Donald Trump.
But after the wave of resignations, which came only hours after May had appeared to have won over her cabinet, Brexit, or at least the Brexit that the British citizens thought they voted for, appears to be all but dead in the water.
In just a few weeks, Cambodia is set to start their contentious national elections. But according to a new cyber security report, Chinese hackers have successfully targeted the country’s electoral process.
All signs seem to stem back to China. The country is known as a playground bully when it comes to its smaller Asian-pacific counterparts. Aid and discounted loans are already marred by problems, from poorly built and long-delayed projects, to acquired interest that is bigger than the countries can reasonably afford, even with the discounted interest rates.