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    India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ratcheted up the pressure on Australia with two wickets to leave the home side 117 for four at tea on day two of the series-opening test on Friday. Reported by Reuters India 59 minutes ago.

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    Australia data encryption laws explained Symbol copyright Getty Pictures Symbol caption Australian police can now order tech companies to get entry to the encrypted messages of suspects Australia has handed arguable rules designed to compel era firms to grant police and safety companies get entry to to encrypted messages. The federal government says the rules, an international first, are vital … Reported by The News Articles 1 hour ago.

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    High Peak Royalties Ltd (ASX:HPR) chairman Andrew Carroll speaks to Proactive Investors upon the successful completion of the Planet Gas USA Inc acquisition, which includes a US$15 million debt facility with Macquarie Bank. Carroll also discusses upcoming activities in Australia with Origin Energy (ASX:ORG) and Santos Limited (ASX:STO). High Peak Royalties' share price has approximately doubled over the past twelve months. Reported by Proactive Investors 12 minutes ago.

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    Ravichandran Ashwin has been the pick of the bowler for Team India having bagged three wickets out of the five on Day 2 in the ongoing first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Reported by DNA 1 hour ago.

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    Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin bowled beautifully to take three wickets and pile pressure on Australia in the opening Test at Adelaide. Reported by News24 1 hour ago.

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    The inquest into the deaths of 4 vacationers at Dreamworld has ended after 31 days of testimony that savaged the recognition of Australia’s biggest theme park. The inquest into the deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother, Luke Dorsett, and his spouse, Roozi Araghi, at the Thunder River Rapids experience on the Gold Coast … Reported by The News Articles 47 minutes ago.

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    Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when required, could be surrendered to the authorities.

    It is worth remembering the feeble justification then, as now. As Li Shouwei, deputy head of the Chinese parliament’s criminal law division explained to the press at the time, “This rule accords with the actual work need of fighting terrorism and is basically the same as what other major countries in the world do”. Birds of a feather, indeed.

    An Weixing, head of the Public Security Ministry’s Counter-Terrorism division, furnishes us with the striking example of a generic state official who sees malefactors coming out of the woodwork of the nation. “Terrorism,” he sombrely stated, reflecting on Islamic separatists from East Turkestan, “is the public enemy of mankind, and the Chinese government will oppose all forms of terrorism.” Given that such elastic definitions are in the eye of the paranoid beholder, the scope for indefinite spread is ever present.

    The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, must be consulting the same oracles as those earning their keep in the PRC. The first rule of modern governance: frighten the public in order to protect them. Look behind deceptive facades to find the devil lurking in his trench coat. Morrison’s rationale is childishly simple: the security derangement complex must, at all times, win over. The world is a dark place, a jungle rife with, as Morrisons insists upon with an advertiser’s amorality, paedophile rings, terrorist cells, and naysayers.

    One of his solutions? The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, otherwise known by its more accurate title of the Anti-Encryption Bill. This poorly conceived and insufferably vague Bill, soon to escape its chrysalis to become law, shows the government playbook in action: tamper with society’s sanity; draft a ponderous bit of text; and treat, importantly, the voter as a creature mushrooming in self-loathing insecurity in the dark.

    The Bill, in dreary but dangerous terms, establishes “voluntary and mandatory industry assistance to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in relation to encryption technologies via the issuing of technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices and technical capability notices”. Technology companies are to become the bullied handmaidens, or “assistants”, of the Australian police state.

    The Pentecostal Prime Minister has been able to count on supporters who see privacy as dispensable and security needs as unimpeachable. Those who get giddy from security derangement syndrome don the academic gown of scorn, lecturing privacy advocates as ignorant idealists in a terrible world. “I know it is a sensitive issue,” claims Rodger Shananan of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, “but the people arguing privacy just don’t have a handle on how widespread it’s used by the bad people.” The problem with such ill-considered dross is that such technology is also used by “good” or “indifferent” people.

    Precisely in being universal, inserting such anti-encryption backdoors insists on a mutual presumption of guilt, that no one can, or should be trusted. It is in such environments that well versed cyber criminals thrive, sniffing out vulnerabilities and exploiting them. Computing security academic Ahmed Ibrahim states the point unreservedly. “If we leave an intentional backdoor they will find it. Once it is discovered it is usually not easy to fix.”

    The extent of such government invasiveness was such as to trouble certain traditional conservative voices. Alan Jones, who rules from the shock jock roost of radio station 2GB, asked Morrison about whether this obsession with back door access to communications might be going too far. Quoting Angelo M. Codevilla of Boston University, a veteran critic of government incursions into private, encrypted communications, Jones suggested that the anti-encryption bill “allows police and intelligence agencies access to everyone’s messages, demanding that we believe that any amongst us is as likely or not to be a terrorist.” Morrison, unmoved, mounted the high horse of necessity. Like Shanahan, he was only interested in the “bad” people.

    To that end, public consultation has been kept to a minimum. In the words of human rights lawyer, Lizzie O’Shea, it was “a terrible truncation of the process”, one evidently designed to make Australia a shining light for others within the Five Eyes Alliance to follow. “Once you’ve built the tools, it becomes very hard to argue that you can’t hand them over to the US government, the UK – it becomes something they can all use.”

    There had been some hope that the opposition parties would stymy the process and postpone consideration of the bill till next year. It could thereby be tied up, bound and sunk by various amendments. But in the last, sagging sessions of Australia’s parliament, a compliant opposition party was keen to remain in the elector’s good books ahead of Christmas. Bill Shorten’s Labor Party took of the root of unreason, calculating that saying yes to the contents of the bill might also secure the transfer of desperate and mentally ailing refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to the Australian mainland.

    Instead, in what became a farcical bungle of miscalculating indulgence, the government got what it wanted. The medical transfer bill on Nauru and Manus Island failed to pass in the lower house after a filibuster in the Senate by the Coalition and Senators Cory Bernardi and Pauline Hanson. The Anti-Encryption Bill, having made is way to the lower house, did.

    Shorten’s deputy, Tanya Plibersek, was keen to lay the ground for Thursday’s capitulation to the government earlier in the week. A range of “protections” had been inserted into the legislation at the behest of the Labor Party. (Such brimming pride!) The Attorney-General Christian Porter was praised – unbelievably – for having accepted their sagacious suggestions. The point was elementary: Labor, not wanting to be seen as weak on law enforcement, had to be seen as accommodating.

    Porter found himself crowing. “This ensures that our national security and law enforcement agencies have the modern tools they need, the appropriate authority and oversight, to access the encrypted conversations of those who seek to do us harm.”

    International authorities versed in the area are looking at the Australian example with jaw dropping concern. EU officials will find the measure repugnant on various levels, given the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws in place. Australian technology companies are set to be designated appropriate pariahs, as are other technology companies willing to conduct transactions in Australia. All consumers are being treated as potential criminals, an attitude that does not sit well with entities attempting to make a buck or two.

    SwiftOnSecurity, an often canonical source on cyber security matters, is baffled. “Over in Australia they’re shooting themselves in the face with a shockingly technical nonsensical encryption backdoor law.” Not only does the law fail to serve any useful protections; it “poison-pills their entire domestic tech industry, breaks imports.”

    Li’s point, again something which the Australian government insists upon, was that the Chinese law did not constitute a “backdoor” through encryption protections. Every state official merely wanted to get those “bad people” while sparing the “good”. The Tor Project is far more enlightening: “There are no safe backdoors.” An open declaration on the abolition of privacy in Australia has been made; a wonderfully noxious Christmas present for the Australian electorate. Reported by Eurasia Review 35 minutes ago.

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    Polarcus Limited ("Polarcus" or the "Company") (OSE: PLCS) announces that it has accepted service of court proceedings filed by PGS Australia Pty Ltd relating to the acquisition of seismic data on 3 surveys in Australia and the processing of that data.

    These proceedings follow 3 years of intermittent correspondence from PGS in response to which Polarcus, supported by leading patent counsel, has provided overwhelming evidence that Polarcus' activity did not intersect the patent. The claim will be vigorously contested and has no impact on any project outside Australia. 

    PGS' principal claim under its patent has previously been held to be unpatentable by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Polarcus intends to challenge the validity of all relevant aspects of PGS' Australian patent.  



    Caleb Raywood, General Counsel
    +971 50 189 7146

    Hans-Peter Burlid, CFO
    +971 50 559 8175


    *About Polarcus*

    Polarcus (OSE: PLCS) is an innovative marine geophysical company with a pioneering environmental agenda, delivering high-end towed streamer data acquisition and imaging services from Pole to Pole. Polarcus operates a fleet of high performance 3D seismic vessels incorporating leading-edge maritime technologies for improved safety and efficiency. Polarcus offers contract seismic surveys and multi-client projects with advanced onboard processing solutions and employs approximately 350 professionals worldwide. The Company's principal office is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit

     This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. Reported by GlobeNewswire 45 minutes ago.

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    Road freight businesses must report payments made to contractors each year, using the Taxable Payments Annual Report. Reported by Mondaq 47 minutes ago.

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    A number of bushfires have been contained across South Australia during very hot conditions on Friday. Reported by SBS 37 minutes ago.

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    The newly approved Code will assist parties in the chain of responsibility to discharge their obligations under the HVNL. Reported by Mondaq 40 minutes ago.

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    The newly approved Code will assist parties in the chain of responsibility to discharge their obligations under the HVNL. Reported by Mondaq 37 minutes ago.

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    Transport and warehouse operators should ensure they have appropriate insurance cover for goods in transit and storage. Reported by Mondaq 34 minutes ago.

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    Cricket Australia needs the Adelaide Take a look at to turn into an everlasting day-night fixture and hopes India comply with play the pink-ball tournament after they excursion subsequent time. Australia’s cricket leader  Kevin Roberts on Friday steered India to rethink its opposition to play below the lighting after a deficient crowd turnout on day … Reported by The News Articles 22 minutes ago.

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    Singer-Songwriter, Druv Kent Returns with Brand-new Single ‘Back Home’ *Druv Kent*, a singer-songwriter who left his blooming banking career to follow his passion for music has released his new single ‘*Back Home*' this November. Druv Kent is the first Asia-based musician to have his music backed for two decades by the UK’s BBC Radio. With his organic, earthy and lyrically rich song, the financer-turned-musician seeks meaning in a shifting world with its folk-pop sounds blended with the musical fuel of his Indian heritage. After receiving much acclaim in the UK, Singapore, Australia and India with several singles such as What it’s All About, I’m Still Riding, and Little Bit of God, Druv’s latest Back Home was shot in India.


    *Druv Kent - Back Home*


    The hi-end video to the single, Co-written by Druv and video Director, *Puneet Rakheja*, is set in Kolkata, the city where Druv was born and called home for many years. The video presents a journey of three characters taking a ride “*home*” in the city’s iconic yellow taxi; each of them de-layering over their journey to reveal their true selves on their way “*Back Home*”. A dramatic unmasking parallels the song’s rise in energy to explode at the end. 


    *Druv Kent, singer-songwriter*


    *Druv* said, “It’s a flowing melody with evocative lyrics about identity and aspiration, about being who we truly are, and who we are capable of being, if we let go of our inhibitions.” The singer describes ‘*home*’ as our haven of comfort and prompts the question, what really is home? "A physical place or a virtual space where you can be yourself, without judgement, where we can shed the external layers we each wear.”  


    The track showcases Druv’s distinctive vocal style and ability to create memorable melodic hooks within an intimate, warm sonic scape that carves out a unique space in the current musical landscape and looks set to become another major milestone for Druv.


    Talking about the song and the inspiration, *Druv* says, the nostalgic feeling of missing his home back in Kolkata, led him to write the lyrics, “I wanted to go back to the time of innocence, where I can shed the external layers I wear.” *Kent *added, “The song lures you in, while the bassline gets your pulse racing and, before you know it, the song has wrapped itself around you … back home.”  


    Link of the song Back Home -


    *About Druv Kent*

    In 2013, Dhruv Shrikent quit a top-notch position in Deutsche Bank to follow his dreams and let *Druv Kent*, the musician in him, finally take charge. Less than 2 years later, in January 2015, his first single ‘*Little Bit of God*’ from his debut album ‘*About Time*’ was released.* Kent *was born and raised in Kolkata, went to boarding school in Dehradun and college in the United States. As a child, he trained in Hindustani vocals, drums and tabla, including briefly under the tutelage of the renowned maestro *Pandit Ravi Shankar*. All through, Druv’s ear was always drawn to the Western sounds. Says *Druv*, “My heart is in vocals and percussions, but I play guitar and keyboards, more as compositional tools rather than for performing purposes.” In 2012, Druv sang for a Bollywood song with Agnee, the Pune-based Hindi rock band (‘*Paa Paraa Paa*’ in the film Aalaap), which he found to be transformative towards taking his music once again more seriously."

      Reported by NewsVoir 14 minutes ago.

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    The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has revised rates and extended GCCD obligations to additional areas of NSW. Reported by Mondaq 2 minutes ago.

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    Thousands of people have marched through Australia's capital cities in protest of Adani's Queensland coal mine project. Reported by SBS 3 hours ago.

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    Fall of Australian wickets spurred Kohli into animated, in-the-batsman's-face celebrations, that the broadcasters didn't let off a chance in replaying Reported by CricBuzz 2 hours ago.

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    Fall of Australian wickets spurred Kohli into animated, in-the-batsman's-face celebrations, that the broadcasters didn't let off a chance in replaying Reported by CricBuzz 3 hours ago.

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    Workforce India skipper Virat Kohli unquestionably is aware of methods to stay his spirits up without reference to the location. Day 3 of the primary Take a look at between India and Australia has been filled with rain interruptions in Adelaide however Kohli makes positive that he’s by no means out of motion. All over … Reported by The News Articles 2 hours ago.

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