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If you live in New Zealand, you're being watched - Snowden

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Edward Snowden has dismissed as “false” the New Zealand PM’s claims of no mass surveillance in the country. The whistleblower says he regularly “came across communications of New Zealanders,” when he worked as an NSA analyst. New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has performed mass spying, despite denials by the nation’s prime minister, John Key, the former NSA... 

Australia develops paper-thin 3D Printable Solar Panels capable of powering Anything

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Printable solar panels are going to be available to us very soon and could power “entire skyscrapers,” Australian researchers say. The very near future will see personal electronic charging transformed, but the potential is growing quickly. A team of 50 scientists in various fields worked for years to develop paper-thin, printable solar panels as part of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium.... 

Aussie police apologize for bomb left in Sydney airport

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Australian police was forced to apologize after it turned out that police officers left explosives in Sydney airport after a sniffer dog training exercise. The devices remained in the airport for almost a month without anyone retrieving them. Some 230 grams of plastic explosives were left after a dog training exercise August 14. Since then the Australian Federal Police (AFP) did not take away the... 

Australia to reverse plan to dump mud on Great Barrier Reef

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The Australian government is pondering a new plan for disposal of waste from expanding the country’s port of Abbot Point, which would see the dredged mud and sand reused on land instead of being dumped by the Great Barrier Reef, as was initially planned. The on-land disposal project has been approved by the Queensland government. The decision was made despite the fact that federal authorities have... 

​Australia imposes new round of sanctions against Russia

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The Australian government on Monday unveiled further sanctions against Russian oil and gas, financial and defense sectors, bringing Canberra in line with the European Union. Under the new sanctions there will be no new arms exports and no new exports for the oil and gas industry, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Australian parliament. In addition, Russian state-run banks are not allowed new access... 

Australia's Qantas airline reports $2.6 billion loss

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Australia’s national carrier Qantas has posted an annual net loss of 2.6 billion dollars last year. The airliner on Thursday posted the full-year net loss of 2.64 billion US dollars in 2013-2014 in its worst performance. The figure is much worse than expectations as analysts initially predicted the company to report an underlying pre-tax loss of about 700 million dollars. Qantas’s international... 

Kim Dotcom's Internet Mana party campaign kicks off

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The Internet Mana campaign has kicked off in New Zealand, with the new political party founded by the Megaupload owner promising 100,000 new jobs, free higher education, and 100 percent renewable energy by 2015. Kim Dotcom was named the nation’s “newest super hero” and he expressed high hopes for the party. “I can tell you right now we will get over 5 percent in this election,”... 

Microplastic contaminates found in Sydney Harbor

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Scientists in the first study of its kind have found microplastic contamination at the bottom of Sydney Harbor, which may pose a threat to the food chain, Australian media reported. The research by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science tested 27 sites across the harbor, with researchers finding up to 60 microplastics per 100 milligrams of sediment. This was a higher volume than expected even in the... 

Australia, Singapore vow to boost intelligence ties

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Australia and Singapore agree to enhance intelligence sharing. Australia and Singapore have agreed to enhance intelligence sharing amid concerns about the threat posed by Takfiri militants returning home from Syria and Iraq. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday. “In this context of... 

Australian students rally against education budget cuts

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Hundreds of Australian students and union members have held nationwide protests against the government’s proposed plans to cut higher education budget. Student protesters descended on the streets of Sydney’s city center on Wednesday, setting fire to an effigy of Australian Education Minister Christopher Pyne as a sign of protest against the government’s proposed changes to higher education. “We... 

Australia becomes first developed country to abolish carbon tax

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The Australian Senate has voted to scrap the controversial two-year old carbon emission tax, signaling a major victory for Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Reaching the national carbon reduction goals remains in question. Carbon emission has been a long-running debate among politicians. The Liberals claim it penalizes business, while the Labor Party says it helps combat climate change. In the 2013 elections... 

Completion of Australia's largest solar plant at risk

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Mildura Solar Power Station Silex Systems, the company constructing Australia’s biggest solar plant, has suspended its funding following reports the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) could be scaled back or done away with altogether. The 100-megawatt Mildura Solar Concentrator Power Station, a $70 million project in Victoria, was supposed to provide electricity to 40,000 homes. Now Silex Systems... 

Australia to impose tougher sanctions on Russia

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Australia says it is planning to impose tougher sanctions on Russia after Moscow announced food bans that will affect Australian food makers. “We are working towards stronger sanctions” against Russia, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. Abbott also warned Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops from the country’s border with Ukraine. “I say... 

Australian Government Pushing ‘Internet Tax’ To Pay For NSA Style Spying

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The Australian government is pushing to implement a ”surveillance tax” on the people of the country in order to pay for a mandate that would see communications companies retaining data on customers for two years. In a disturbing development that should serve as a warning to Americans, the Australian Attorney-General admitted that the surveillance system is ”under active consideration by the... 

Rupert Murdoch demands open borders for Australia

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Speaking at a gathering in Sydney to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Australian”, a newspaper that Rupert Murdoch owns, he told Australians they must welcome immigrants. “We must be open to immigrants, to their desire to improve themselves and to the resulting improvement in our country,” Murdoch told the crowd, of which Australia Prime Minister, Tony Abbott was a guest. “It is in... 
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