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Country ‘risks being dumping ground’ for cars with potent greenhouse gas

“Australia is at risk of becoming a dumping ground for cars pre-charged with a greenhouse gas 1,400 times more potent than carbon dioxide, industry groups warn” writes Royce Kurmelovs for theguardian.com. HFO-1234yf has no impact on the environment as a greenhouse gas, but is slightly more flammable under very specific circumstances. Source: theguardian.com

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Australia doesn’t want to ‘give ammunition’ to people smugglers

“The government is refusing to confirm reports it will take up ‘the New Zealand offer’, after securing Jacqui Lambie’s vote to repeal the contentious medevac legislation” reports news.com.au. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned the recent debate over the medevac legislation has shown “had Labor been elected in May, the boats would already have been back on the water”. Source: news.com.au

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Major Drug and Crypto Bust Occurs in Australia

“In Australia, law enforcement officials have uncovered $1 million in cryptocurrency thanks to an alleged drug bust” writes Nick Marinoff for livebitcoinnews.com. The couple also had access to a mobile device which was storing approximately $1.5 million in assorted crypto funds.Detective senior sergeant Paul Matthews – who’s overseeing the case in Australia – says that the cryptocurrency seizure is arguably the largest of its kind in the whole of Australia.Situations like these do not strike a positive chord for the crypto industry, as one can undoubtedly imagine. Source: livebitcoinnews.com

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Calls for Magnitsky-style act to be used in Australia

“The Magnitsky Act – as it stands in the United States – authorises the US government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the country” reports news.com.au. Ms Kitching said “there are very stringent checks and balances” because of what it enables the government to prosecute on an individual and their assets. Source: news.com.au

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Australia retail sales stagnate, exports skid in bleak start to fourth-quarter

“Extending a spate of soft reports, retail sales were flat in October at A$27.6 billion ($18.73 billion) when analysts had looked for a 0.3% gain” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Gold exports fell another A$666 million, though this is a volatile component as shipments vary widely month to month.Adelaide Timbrell, an economist at ANZ, noted the sales surge that used to come in Christmas has been on the wane.Yet even they hit a bump in October as a 5% drop in exports shrank the country’s trade surplus by a…

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Escalating the Folau case further into court was ‘not helping the game’

“CEO of Rugby Australia Raelene Castle says the board made the right decision to settle with Israel Folau” reports news.com.au. The rugby CEO said she had to “make a decision that was right for rugby in this country and we made the right decision by calling out Israel on his posts and his inappropriate messaging”. “That remains the same… we stick to our vales that inclusiveness is absolutely core to the key of rugby,” Ms Castle told reporters on Thursday. “Taking this conversation further into a court situation was not…

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Australia surplus boosted by gold demand

“Heightened geopolitical risk drove up demand for gold exports, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said” writes James Glynn for marketwatch.com. The surplus was helped by a strong iron ore price and increasing gas exports.SYDNEY–Australia’s current account was in surplus for a second consecutive quarter, supported by strong gold prices, expanding exports and a fall in the Australian dollar to its lowest levels in a decade. Source: marketwatch.com

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Police Dramatically Pop Beer Cans From Illegal Haul in Western Australia

“In October, the Fitzroy Crossing Police destroyed an estimated $2000 worth of illegal alcohol, crushing hundreds of beer cans and ramming into a tower of cases” reports news.com.au. Eager to show-off the latest crackdown on illegal alcohol sales, a Western Australia Police unit used a police vehicle to destroy around 30 cans of beer. “30 bush chooks seized from a Liquor Restricted Premises – owner will have some explaining to do when she fronts court,” Karratha Police said on Twitter. ‘Bush chook’ refers to the Emu beer brand featured in…

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Australia rolls out world-first AI camera system to catch drivers on their phones

“The NSW government intends to expand the cell phone detection camera system over the next three years, aiming for over 135 million checks annually by 2023” writes Amanda Yeo for mashable.com. Similar technology has been tested in England and Saudi Arabia, but the NSW program marks the first time it has been implemented on a wide scale. Source: mashable.com

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‘World first’ cell phone detection cameras rolled out in Australia…

“Andrew Constance, New South Wales’ Minister for Roads said the “world-first” technology would target illegal cell phone use through “fixed and mobile trailer-mounted cameras.”” writes Amy Woodyatt for cnn.com. Making and receiving phone calls while driving is legal in New South Wales, but using hands-free technology.Officials said that a trial of the technology earlier in the year had caught more than 100,000 drivers illegally using a phone at the wheel. Source: cnn.com

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