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You share your life on Facebook…

…and you’re worried about your Government? Somewhat related to the “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear” argument. Facebook doesn’t know my date of birth, because I have chosen not to share it. Facebook doesn’t know my address because I’ve chosen not to share it. Facebook doesn’t know my postcode, my…

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The Problem with Australian Super Laws

I have just read a petition by GetUp! regarding unfair superannuation laws in Australia. Usually, I have no issues with GetUp! petitions and sign many of them; their vision and mine tend to overlap a lot. Today, though, I read this petition, Only Super For Some, which calls for Australia to “change current superannuation laws…

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Senator Stephen Fielding Seeing Spots

Family First Senator Stephen Fielding has just returned from a study tour in America and is now undecided about the effect of carbon emissions on global warming. While the solar flares debate, which Senator Fielding has recently cottoned on to, has been around for many years, no evidence exists to link them to the current…

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Howard and Rudd get on just fine!

Who says Howard and Rudd don’t get along? Google’s 2007 Australian Federal Election site allows you to view Australian election content in Google Maps. The most useful information comes when you zoom in to see what the politicians are up to, and as you can see from these screen shotlets. Unfortunately I can’t seem to…

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UK brings in laws to force supply of encryption keys or unencrypted data

In another step towards total government control of its people, the UK is planning to enforce Part 3, Section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which will authorise authorities to obtain encryption keys or any encrypted data in unencrypted form in relation to any anti-terrorism investigations. While this privacy freak understands the nation’s…

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They’re shooting monks in Burma!

Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world. For decades the Burmese regime has fought off pressure–imprisoning elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy activists, wiping out thousands of villages, imposing forced labour, creating refugees. But last Tuesday Buddhist monks and nuns, revered in Burma, began marching and…

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They’re not alone!

I just saw one of those “authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra” type Work Places adverts. The opening line went something along the lines of: The biggest myth is that employees are alone and unprotected, but that’s just not true. They are not alone! Read between the lines. Tell me why I laughed! [Updated quote…

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Performance-based pay for teachers

With the raging success of performance-based pay for teachers in America, Australia’s Federal Education Minister, Julie Bishop, today announced that a trial for the same will start in 2009. The proof of the success of this method of paying teachers is evidenced by the fact that teachers in America have been said to give students…

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