BREAKING THE INTERNET

BREAKING THE INTERNET

On 25 February 2021, the Federal Senate passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Media Bargaining Code) Bill 2021, (“the Code”), a controversial new law requiring certain digital platforms to pay a negotiated fee to eligible Australian news...
TO JAB OR NOT TO JAB

TO JAB OR NOT TO JAB

We finally have vaccines for COVID-19. Australia is set to roll out its first batch, to the priority population – aged and disability care residents and workers, front line health workers and quarantine and border staff – in the coming weeks. The question is,...
TO D OR NOT TO D

TO D OR NOT TO D

Last week was Privacy Awareness Week, which is a curious irony, given the current dilemma faced by millions of Australians – to download or not to download the Federal government’s CovidSafe App. So far, approximately 5.7 million Australians – yours truly...
PEOPLE POWER

PEOPLE POWER

For the past couple of months, I have been receiving messages and calls from concerned relatives and friends back home in Malaysia wanting to know whether I have been affected by the recent bushfires. Thankfully, like most Gold Coasters, I wasn’t physically confronted...
A RIGHT TO KNOW

A RIGHT TO KNOW

Don’t you sometimes miss the good, old-fashioned Moral High Ground? As a post-war baby, the world I was born into seemed a brave and righteous one. Our fathers had just fought and died to free us all from fascism and oppression. The world had paid a terrible price,...
TEN GUILTY WITCHES

TEN GUILTY WITCHES

In February 1692, in a secluded village in the isolated British American colony of Massachusetts, 9-year-old Betty Parris and her 11-year-old cousin Abigail Williams, began to behave very strangely indeed. It seems they had recently taken to screaming, ranting and...

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