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G20 Summit – Protests in Hamburg

G20 Summit – Protests in Hamburg Hanna Moore The streets of Hamburg erupted with protests in response to the G20 Summit held during the week in which 20 world leaders faced-off on current issues facing world policy. The annual summit, which consists of a series of meetings between the Group of Twenty (G20) world leaders, often results in protests from advocacy groups calling for attention to a variety of social and economic issues. Given the largely peaceful nature of many demonstrations prior and during the course of the Summit, the smaller number of anti-capitalist protests turning violent is enough...

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CRYPTIC CURRENCY NOT SO CRYPTIC

CRYPTIC CURRENCY NOT SO CRYPTIC Luka Osborne You might have heard of Bitcoin, the Internet based currency making recent waves, however there are numerous types of cryptocurrencies that as a whole have recently gained huge amounts of recent popularity. Cryptocurrencies operate from a decentralised digital ledger called a Blockchain. The blockchain facilitates online transactions by placing records across numerous computers through a peer-to-peer network system without a centralised server. Each transaction made is recorded as a ‘block’ and contains a timestamp to a previous block. The blanket network as a whole forms the Blockchain and enables records to be...

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Sydney’s Lockout Laws: Where Are We Now?

Sydney’s Lockout Laws: Where Are We Now? Tina Wu With Sunday night’s segment of 60 Minutes discussing the death of the Kelly brothers, focus has been placed on the overall effect of Sydney’s lockout laws. It was revealed that the Kelly’s youngest son, Stuart, had committed suicide in 2016 in the face of death threats and bullying, being blamed in part for the introduction of Sydney’s controversial lockout laws in 2014. This came after the death of elder son Thomas Kelly as a result of an alcohol-related punch-up at Kings Cross in 2012, leading to the enforcement of the lockout...

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July Tina Wu Australian households use around 100kg plastic packaging per year. Scientists predict that by 2050, the amount of plastic waste in tonnes found in our oceans will surpass that of fish. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is facing pressure from the NSW Greens to prohibit the circulation of single-use plastic bags this July, following the Plastic Free July campaign. The campaign originated from the Western Metropolitan Regional Council in 2011, which has gained traction worldwide with over one million participants across the globe. Plastic Free July encourages citizens to refrain from using plastic in their everyday lives...

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Merger Battle: Ku-ring-gai Council wins court appeal

Rosie Gresham On Monday March 27, the NSW Court of Appeal held in favour of Ku-ring-gai council regarding the proposed merger with Hornsby Shire. The verdict, reached by a panel of three judges, will prevent the merger from going ahead in its current form. Justices Basten and Macfarlan reached their decision on the grounds that Ku-ring-gai had been denied procedural fairness, partly due to a consultant’s report that had been kept secret from the public and the official investigating the merger. They held that the public interest in keeping the report secret was outweighed by the public interest in...

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