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Technology • Internet & Web
Australian ministers say Facebook's news ban is "an assault" on democracy
Australian ministers say Facebook's news ban is "an assault" on democracy
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After Facebook blocked Australian users from accessing and sharing news on its platform, the Australian government heavily criticised the move, calling "an assault" to democracy while still moving forward in passing a law that would force Big Tech giants to pay for news.

“Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote on Facebook. “They may be changing the world, but that doesn’t mean they run it.”

Regional News • Oceania
Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison Credit: G20 Argentina (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In response to the new security law imposed by China Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will halt its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and visas will be extended by five years for Hong Kongers already in Australia.

This announcement comes right after Canada's suspension of their treaty with Hong Kong and Britain considering a similar move.

Regional News • Oceania
PM Scott Morrison calls for reopening interstate borders by July

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison is urging Western Australia and Queensland to allow travellers to cross interstate borders by July as he's “very keen to see Australia’s economy continue to reopen on the timetable for interstate travel”. Australia has seen a decline in Covid-19 cases but premiers of Queensland, South and Western Australia are not yet willing to reopen their borders for interstate travel. Morrison warns of the economic impact, especially on the tourism industry. “If I get planes flying between Australia and New Zealand, I want them flying between New South Wales and Queensland and Western Australia and South Australia”, said Morrison.

Australia keeps schools open, Prime Minister advises children to stay 1.5 meters apart from each other

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the schools in his country will stay open and advises following the policy of social distancing. Students should stay 1.5 meters apart from each other while being at school. In addition to this Australia banned handshakes and implemented a policy that people need to go into self-isolation for 14 days upon entering the country.