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You'll Miss It When It's Gone: Why Public Broadcasting Is Worth Saving

In an age of global media abundance, the notion that public broadcasting is a mechanism to address “market failure” is beguiling. It is also fundamentally wrong.


Three Holes In Government's Plan To Tax Overseas Online Shopping

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey last week announced the existing GST exemption for low-value imports would be removed, starting July 1, 2017. Non-resident companies will be expected to collect and remit the GST to the ATO. But will such a system work in practice?


$1000 GST-Free Threshold Abolished: Overseas Online Shopping To Become 10% More Expensive

A consensus between state and federal treasurers today during tax reform talks means that all purchases made overseas — through popular online shopping websites like Amazon, Book Depository and NewEgg, as well as any traditional methods like mail order — will incur a 10 per cent GST charge, abolishing the existing $1000 threshold.


Opinion: Australian Government's 'Parcel Tax' Won't Help Aussie Businesses Or Consumers

Opinion: At the Australian treasurers’ tax summit today, one topic on the table has already been agreed on in principle: cutting the $1000 threshold for collecting goods and services tax on parcels bought online internationally by Aussies. Choice is calling it a “parcel tax”.


Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Clean Energy Plan

Last month, scientists at a UN conference delivered a sobering warning: To prevent catastrophic warming of the planet, we must reduce all carbon emissions to zero by the end of the 21st century. Today, the Obama administration announced its plan to get there.


This Idea To Get America To Vote By Smartphone Just Might Work

Pretty new touchscreen voting booths are nice, but if we truly want to get more people voting in the United States, we have to make it much more convenient. A project that received funding from the Knight Foundation this week has a smart idea to digitise the absentee ballot and let people cast votes via smartphone.


The Government's Copyright Infringement Report Has Problems With The Word 'Illegal'

A report on online copyright infringement prepared for and published by the Department of Communications says that almost half of all Australian internet users (above the age of 12, currently consuming online media) either downloaded or streamed movies, music, TV or video games “illegally” in the first quarter of this year.

Those numbers taken at face value are stunning, and point to widespread and endemic illegitimate copyright infringement by Aussie ‘net users, and flagrant disregard for the rights of intellectual property holders.

The report has serious issues, though, including the rampant use of the word “illegal”.


The Government's War On Wind And Solar Hurts Homes And Businesses

Opinion: Over the weekend, we learned that an Abbott government directive has banned any more investment in wind farms by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a government body that encourages investment in the renewable energy sector. Recently revealed cuts to finance for small- and medium-scale solar power, too, make it harder for individuals and households to effectively lower their reliance on fossil fuels.


Major Government Spying Service Supplier Hacked, 400GB Of Data Stolen

An Italian company called Hacking Team, which supplies intrusion and surveillance tools to governments and law enforcement agencies, has been hacked. The intruders have made off with 400GB of data which is now being leaked online.


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