Calls for emergency taskforce after outages leave Aboriginal communities ‘hungry and forgotten’

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Remote Indigenous communities need a taskforce to coordinate emergencies when telecommunications go down, so people aren’t left without food or help as the Groote archipelago was, the local Aboriginal land council has said. Aboriginal people in the region said they were left “sick, angry, hungry and forgotten” when phones went down for three days. Residents […]

Government knew desperate NT island residents were stealing food after power cuts left them without supplies

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The federal government has admitted it had received reports that desperate people were breaking into houses looking for food, as telecommunications outages left Aboriginal people living on islands off the Northern Territory coast without essential supplies for almost three days last week. The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) told a Senate committee Friday that it […]

Vodafone and TPG $15bn merger given green light by federal court

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A $15bn merger between Vodafone Australia and TPG has been cleared to go ahead, after a decision in the federal court. Australia’s consumer watchdog opposed a merger between the telecommunications companies in May last year because it would discourage competition in the mobile market. But federal court justice John Middleton said on Thursday the multibillion […]

Web browsing histories are being given to Australian police under data retention powers

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Law enforcement agencies are being provided with the web browsing histories of people under investigation using mandatory data retention powers, despite the federal government specifically excluding that practice in the legislation, the commonwealth ombudsman has warned. When the Coalition government passed mandatory data retention laws in 2015, the legislation explicitly ruled out forcing telecommunications companies […]

People often don’t trust us on 5G: Telstra asks government to help combat health fears

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Telstra has called on the government to help combat a misinformation campaign on the health risks of 5G that has been carried out “on a scale we have not seen” before, driven by social media. Australian mobile telecommunications companies are only just beginning to build 5G networks around the country, but they are already facing […]

Telstra chairman defends executive pay, saying ‘kids are earning $5m playing Fortnite’

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The Telstra chairman, John Mullen, has taken a swipe at critics of executive pay by saying that while teenage Fortnite players can earn millions, someone who is well rewarded for devoting their life to a career in business is derided as “morally wrong”. Speaking at the telco’s annual general meeting in Sydney on Tuesday, Mullen […]

Plan for massive facial recognition database sparks privacy concerns

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If you’ve had a driver’s licence photo or passport photo taken in Australia in the past few years, it’s likely your face will end up in a massive new national network the federal government is trying to create. Victoria and Tasmania have already begun to upload driver’s licence details to state databases that will eventually […]