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Everytime someone buys a bottle of water in Australia it has consequences for a community somewhere in the world

April 26, 2018 - 00:15 -- Admin

By November 2017 Tweed Shire's est. 93,458 residents faced a water security trifecta.Floods in the first quarter of the year had affected water quality and local infrastructure, a  tidal anomaly in August had caused saltwater to enter the Bray Park Weir, the following month Terranora Lagoon was contaminated by raw sewerage from the treatment plant and the walls of Clarrie Hall dam still needed raising to cope with urban water needs.Water sustainability still remains an issue in 2018.In this c

Did the Australian Bureau of Statistics spy on Telstra customers at one remove in 2016?

April 25, 2018 - 00:16 -- Admin

“…with its near-complete coverage of the population, mobile device data is now seen as a feasible way to estimate temporary populations” [Australian Bureau of Statistics Demographer Andrew Howe, quoted in The Australian Bureau of Statistics Tracked People By Their Mobile Device Dataat Medium, 23 April 2018]Cryptoparty founder.

As the federal govenment burns are Turnbull and Co. just tinkering at the edges of banking and finance regulations or are they seriously committed to reform?

April 25, 2018 - 00:15 -- Admin

Way back in October 2016 the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) began an Enforcement Review which examined the adequacy of legislation dealing with corporations, financial services, credit and insurance, with regard to serious contraventions in the financial sector, including fraud and criminal activity.0n 18 December 2017 ASIC handed its Enforcement Review Report to th

Repeat after me: Australia is a low-taxing country, a low-taxing country.....

April 24, 2018 - 06:06 -- Admin

“Australia is a low-taxing country. While tax debate in Australia tends to focus on tax rates, with endless comparisons of different countries’ rates of different taxes, these debates ignore the fact that Australia raises far less tax revenue than most developed countries.This is not a problem in itself. There is no right or wrong level of taxation.

Hank Jorgen and Centrelink unleash the dogs…..

April 24, 2018 - 00:15 -- Admin

Forget establishing that an actual debt exists – this is 2018 and come hell or high water the Turnbull Government wants to use Centrelink to prop up its financial bottom line in time for the May 2018 budget papers.BuzzFeed News, 20 April 2018:Tony Johnson says he received a threatening phone call last month from a private debt collector looking to recover an overdue

Away from the spotlight of congressional hearings Zuckerberg and Facebook Inc. show their true colours – implementing weaker privacy protection for 1.5 billion users

April 23, 2018 - 00:16 -- Admin

The Guardian, 19 April 2018:Facebook has moved more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law, despite a promise from Mark Zuckerberg to apply the “spirit” of the legislation globally.In a tweak to its terms and conditions, Facebook is shifting the responsibility for all users outside the US, Canada and the EU from its international HQ in Irelan

Micaelia Cash's bragging doesn't change the Abbott-Turnbull 'jobs and growth' numbers

April 23, 2018 - 00:15 -- Admin

On Thursday 19 April 2018 the Australian Minister for Jobs and Innovation and Liberal Senator for Western Australia Micaelia Cash stated: Since the Government came to office in September 2013, we have created a total of 996,800 jobs — an increase of 8.7 per cent.What stands out for this voter is the small degree of change that has actually occurred when it come to the those much vaunted 'jobs and growth' pol