Facebook, Google to Fight Encryption Bill Amid Claims Laws Threaten Online Security

Google and Facebook will face off against new national laws forcing technology giants to hand over personal information to help national security agencies target terrorists and paedophiles. The technology giants have joined with civil and digital rights groups in the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, fighting against the federal government’s encryption legislation. The…

Suicide Reduction Target Needed Rates Spike Across Australia

By Stephanie Acevedo The number of suicide rates in Australia has risen across the country, resulting in calls for federal government action to prevent self-harm and deaths. Lifeline chairman John Brogden has asked the Morrison government to set a national target for suicide reduction following spiking rates in 2017 to curb the increase in deaths.…

Strawberry Sabotagers Face More Jail Time Under Food Contamination Laws

Offenders contaminating strawberries will face more jail time under new laws, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. The new laws would increase the maximum jail time for contaminating food, from 10 years to 15, in an effort to urgently discourage copycat offenders. A new offence of recklessly contaminating fruit will also be introduced and will…

Shorten Introduces Superannuation Boost For Women to End Gender Disparity

Women on maternity leave will receive a boost to close the gender gap with a financial boost if Labor wins the next federal election. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten unveiled a $400 million package to increase payments to women on Wednesday, claiming Labor would ensure economic security for women an election issue. “One of the reasons…

Police Given ID Check Powers Under New Airport Security Laws

People acting suspiciously in Australian airports will be required to show identification to police, under new laws under a new airport security crackdown. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton introduced the new ID checking laws into federal Parliament on Wednesday, that would give Australian Federal Police officers the power to require people to leave the airport…

Abbott Accepts Indigenous Envoy Job After Party Spill

Tony Abbott has accepted an offer to become the Federal Government’s special envoy on Indigenous Affairs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered the former prime minister and current Liberal Party backbencher the role after leaving him out of the post-Malcolm Turnbull ministry following last week’s party spill. Mr Abbott has written to Mr Morrison to accept…

Dutton Fights Eligibility Doubts Ahead of Potential Leadership Challenge                                                              

Peter Dutton will find out whether he will be able to sit in Parliament on Friday morning, as fresh doubts emerge over his eligibility casts potential damage on his chances to initiate a fresh challenge to the Liberal Party leadership. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday he would be calling a party room meeting…

Anning Advisor Steps Down Over Senator’s “Final Solution” Speech

An advisor to Fraser Anning has quit following the Queensland senator’s speech that had linked Australia’s Muslim immigration to the Nazi’s often-used term “final solution”. Richard Mcgilvray stepped down just hours after the speech and condemned the Katter Australia Party senator’s speech in post on LinkedIn, claiming he had no knowledge of the senator’s plans…

Tougher Jail, Fines For Offenders Under New Revenge Porn Laws

People who share revenge pornography could face harsh jail terms under new laws targeting “online creeps”. Prison sentences of up seven years would be imposed, while fines of up to $525,000 for corporations and $105,000 would be imposed on people sharing intimate images of people without their consent under the laws. The legislation is designed…