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Australian military starts training on US Reaper drones

Reaper drones Australia

Australian air force personnel have begun training on armed drones in the United States, Australian defense officials said on Monday, less than a week after Washington said it would begin exporting the controversial weapons system. The U.S. State Department last week said it would allow exports of lethal military drones …

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Media banned from reporting on Reserve Bank of Australia corruption scandal

Reserve Bank

On 29 July 2014, WikiLeaks releases an unprecedented Australian censorship order concerning a multi-million dollar corruption case explicitly naming the current and past heads of state of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, their relatives and other senior officials. The super-injunction invokes “national security” grounds to prevent reporting about the case, by …

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Australia facing debt crisis

Australia day Sydney

Australia’s upper house rejected a proposal to raise the debt ceiling to AU$500 billion ($465 billion), which if not resolved by December 12, could send the country into a US shutdown scenario. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised he will lift the debt ceiling of the world’s 12th-largest economy …

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Australia will be a casualty of the currency wars

Australian money currency

The world’s most powerful nations are sitting on zero interest rates and printing money to get their currencies down, and there’s very little Australia can do about it, writes Alan Kohler. The currency war will be on in earnest in 2013 as the United States, Europe, Japan and China all …

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Australia should abandon British monarchy, says former PM Paul Keating

Paul Keating Australia

“No great country has the monarch of another country as their head of state,” said former Prime Minister Paul Keating, firmly raising the call for a republic in conversation with journalist Kerry O’Brien on Tuesday evening. As well as an Australian republic, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, geopolitics, and even …

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Australia fails to repeal carbon tax, here’s why…

Al Gore Clive Palmer carbon tax

The Abbott Government’s bid to bring on an early Senate vote to repeal the carbon tax has backfired after an eleventh-hour switch from the Palmer United Party to withdraw its support. The Senate rejected the bills to repeal the carbon tax, after a dramatic morning in which PUP leader Clive …

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Australia planning to produce GMO milk

Cows on farm milk

A plan to feed Australian dairy cows genetically modified rye grass designed to boost milk production has sparked concerns from both organic and non-organic farmers. Opponents of the scheme fear that GM grasses could contaminate neighbouring properties and that existing labelling requirements would not allow consumers to identify products made from cows fed …

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Australia to buy US drones for domestic use

US Navy drone

Australia has announced it will buy unmanned surveillance drones from the US to protect its borders and commercial interests. The fleet, to be based in Adelaide, would provide the defence force “with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities”, PM Tony Abbott said. The drones would also be used to protect energy resources, …

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Assange’s WikiLeaks Party opens for membership in Australia

People holds up placards supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as thousands of Australians rally around the country in protest, in Melbourne

People holds up placards supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as thousands of Australians rally around the country in protest, in Melbourne. Julian Assange’s new political party is open for membership, WikiLeaks announced on Twitter on Saturday. The party must enlist 500 dues-paying members to officially register with the Australian Electoral …

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Cairns to halt water fluoridation (Australia)

Fluoride water Cairns

The Cairns City Council will remove fluoride from its water supply, saying it amounts to the “involuntary medication” of residents. But the council says it won’t be doing anything to determine if there’s broad community support for fluoridation to continue. “If people want to have access to fluoride, they need …

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Assange to start Wikileaks party, run for Australian Senate

Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he intends to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in next year’s federal election and will announce the formation of a WikiLeaks party. He made the announcement from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange has been living in the embassy for the past …

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Australia abandons bid to block ‘objectionable’ internet sites after outcry by free speech campaigners

The Australian government has abandoned its five-year pledge to introduce a compulsory filter blocking child pornography and other objectionable internet content. Instead, internet service providers have agreed to block 1,400 child abuse websites on Interpol’s ‘worst of’ list, said Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Three of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies – …

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Up to 20,000 genetically engineered mosquitoes released in Australian towns

Do you remember how some scientists, researchers, and individuals like Bill Gates were trying to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the environment? Well, that endeavor isn’t quite over. Two towns in Northern Australia have recently been gifted with 10-20 thousand genetically engineered mosquitoes – almost completely replacing mosquitoes naturally occurring …

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Australian government to track all web usage

Australian flag

Any device connected to the internet such as a computer, smartphone or tablet could soon have its web history logged and retained for up to two years by telecommunications companies for law enforcement purposes under reforms being proposed by the Gillard government. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced last Friday that the federal government …

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Australia’s biggest bank facing trillion dollar fines for money laundering

Commonwealth Bank CBA Ian Narev money laundering fines

Even the Commonwealth Bank’s staunchest critics wouldn’t have predicted this one. This is the bank potentially blowing itself up. CBA is facing fines of about a trillion dollars for nearly 54,000 breaches of Australia’s money-laundering laws dating back to 2012. A trillion dollars, which is a thousand billion. About seven times Commonwealth …

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