New Laws to Give Police, Security Agencies Access to Encrypted Messages in Serious Crime

Police and intelligence agencies will be empowered to access encrypted messages under new laws that will help fight terrorism and serious crimes. The laws, which are expected to pass parliament this week, will give police access to messages on encrypted social media applications including WhatsApp, used in criminal activity. The Federal Government made a deal…

Federal Government Improves Firefighting With $26 million Boost

Australia’s firefighting systems will be overhauled to better equip firefighters to face dangerous and unpredictable fires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the plan on Wednesday to inject $26 million in a funding boost to improve current firefighting measures across the country. The improvements will include $5.85 million to update of the ageing national fire danger…

WA’s Unemployment Rate Falls in October Amidst Steady National Rate

Western Australia’s unemployment has reached its lowest level for the year, following a growth in jobs. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent for the month of October from 6 per cent in September. October’s unemployment rate is the lowest level it has been since September…

5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes the South West

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake has struck the South West this morning, hitting the Lake Muir area, about 330 kilometres from Perth. The earthquake struck just after 5:00am, with people reporting to have felt it as far away as Albany and Perth. This is the second largest earthquake in the Lake Muir area, after a 5.7…

Greg Hunt Claims Vaccinations “Save Lives” as Rubella Eradicated in Australia

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has claimed Australia’s vaccination program is successful, following revelations that rubella has been eliminated in Australia. The World Health Organisation announced on Wednesday that the highly contagious viral disease had been eradicated across the country. The disease, also known as German measles, causes a fever, rash, joint pain and swollen…

Australia Ratifies Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Australia has officially joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), becoming the sixth country to ratify the agreement. Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Wednesday that Australia ratify the deal, that will give Australian farmers and businesses access to almost 11 other countries in the trade deal. “(This) is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious trade…

New global campaign to showcase WA as the “road trip state”

Picture Courtesy: Tourism WA A new global tourism campaign was launched today, promoting and showcasing Western Australia as the road trip state. The $2.2 million dollar intensive campaign over the next 8 months will be rolled out across Australia and in nine international key markets, including Singapore, Malaysia, China, Germany, UK, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand…

National Unemployment Falls to Six Year Low Five Percent

Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5 per cent, the lowest level it has been since 2012. The 0.3 per cent drop marked a six-year low, with a fall in the number of people searching for work pushing the unemployment rate down. Overall numbers of people with a job increased by 5,600 people seasonally adjusted,…

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…