Category Archives: Australia/Oceania

February 1, 2021

Australian Lawmakers ‘Will Not Be Intimidated’ – Reject Big Tech Pleas for Leniency

Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s call to Australian lawmakers for leniency over plans to regulate tech giants and force them to pay for news sourced from local media outlets has been roundly rejected by Canberra.

The move comes as a broader international debate grows over how countries regulate big tech companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook and force them to pay their way.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Sunday he met with Mark Zuckerberg over the government’s proposal, but the Facebook chief executive and founder was unable to shift the government’s position.

“Mark Zuckerberg didn’t convince me to back down, if that’s what you are asking,” Frydenberg said, according to ABC News Australia.

Australia intends to introduce a law that would force Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, and internet search giant Google Inc to negotiate payments to media companies whose content drives traffic to their websites.

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May 16, 2020

Elon Musk’s prediction for the future of energy in Australia | 60 Minutes Australia (Video)

It’s been a miserable few weeks for Malcolm Turnbull’s government, stalled by myriad cock-ups and controversies. But the greatest challenge it faces continues to be Australia’s crisis over energy supply and cost. Who hasn’t been shocked by a recent electricity or gas bill? And who isn’t infuriated that power prices have risen so sharply? In a country as abundant with resources as ours it defies logic that there are now some Australians who can’t even pay for the electricity or gas to cook a simple meal. While federal – and state – politicians scramble to act, Elon Musk, the American billionaire with the brilliant mind, says he wants to help. In an exclusive interview with Liz Hayes, Musk says Australia’s energy emergency is easily fixable, and his construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery at Jamestown in South Australia is proof.

April 3, 2020

Australia should ‘take back the land’ from China as damages (Video)

China should be made to pay reparations for the outbreak of the coronavirus, but given they are unlikely to do so “maybe (Australia) can take back the land that their foreign owned corporations have as damages” says Nationals MP George Christensen. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has set the dollar value which would trigger a review into a foreign investment bid to zero, meaning all foreign investment bids reviewed by the Foreign Investment Review Boarded will be weighed up against the national interest.

March 29, 2020

Deadliest Journeys – Papua New Guinea (Documentary)

Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s last lawless lands lying 150 kilometres north of Australia. The town of Lae is the economic capital of the country here it more commonly goes by the name “Pothole city”. It’s a sorry sight with its battered roads it’s packed mini buses and it’s extreme levels of poverty. In the streets uncertainty reigns and the police are ineffective trying to keep law and order the locals call upon private security companies.

March 1, 2020

Freedom of speech ‘no longer exists’ in Australia and the UK: Katie Hopkins (Video)

Stringent government control and oppressive social media platforms are forcing Australians to self-censor themselves, according to controversial media personality Katie Hopkins.

January 23, 2020

Australians are ‘sick of political correctness’ (Video)

Social commentator Prue MacSween says there is a “tug of war between freedom of speech and freedom of offence,” as a new poll shows 68 per cent of Australians believe Australia is too politically correct.

January 15, 2020

Roger Scruton’s Best Speeches: The corruption of Academia (Video)

After learning in July 2019 that he had cancer, Scruton underwent chemotherapy. He died on 12 January 2020 at the age of 75. I thought I will bring back one of his best speeches in memory of him as an outstanding conservative philosopher. Sir Roger made these remarks while delivering an address to the Institute of Public Affairs, Australia’s premier free market think tank.

January 3, 2018

African gangs in Melbourne are a problem, police admit, as Victorian Government defends strategy

Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the problem.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the Government’s handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday said “African gang crime” was out of control in Melbourne because of lenient state policies.

The issue has become a priority for both major parties after a series of recent headline-grabbing crimes blamed on groups of young African men, including the trashing of an Airbnb property in Werribee, vandalism in Tarneit and a night of violence at St Kilda Beach involving dozens of youths.

Just days after Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he did “not accept for a minute that we do have gangs”, Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said there were African street gangs in Melbourne.

“We have for a significant period of time said that there is an issue with overrepresentation by African youth in serious and violent offending as well as public disorder issues,” Acting Commissioner Patton said.

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December 27, 2017

Paul Hogan Exclusive Australian Interview (2017) – Video

One of the best interviews you will ever see on “Hoges”

December 19, 2017

New migrants BANNED from welfare benefits including the dole, parental leave and carer’s allowances during their first three years in Australia

Migrants will have to wait longer for government help under a new policy. Treasurer Scott Morrison announced measures to ‘encourage self-sufficiency’. There will be a three year delay before migrants can receive Newstart. Delay will also apply to family tax benefits, parental leave, carer allowances.

Newly-arrived migrants will have to wait longer before receiving a range of welfare payments under a hardline new approach expected to save $1.3 billion.

It will be three years before migrants can receive Newstart or family tax benefits, paid parental leave or carer allowances.

The push to ‘encourage self-sufficiency’ among new migrants was one of the headline savings measures announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison in a mid-year budget outlook on Monday.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter suspects many people would be surprised to learn migrants could access some family and parental payments immediately after arriving in Australia.

‘Australians’ expectation of newly-arrived migrants is that they contribute socially and economically for a reasonable period before having access to our nation’s generous welfare system,’ Mr Porter said.

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