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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR LEMMY.WORLD USERS
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Hello from across the fediverse! If you've contributed to the conversation in discussions in this community you may have noticed you weren't getting a lot of interaction (at least from outside your instance: lemmy.world). There are a couple of reasons for this and I will unpin this post when the issues are resolved. The problem is basically that lemmy.world is sending too many activities for aussie.zone to keep up with, this is mostly due to the latency going from Europe to Sydney. There are some features being developed for Lemmy to hopefully fix this issue (expected in 0.19.5). The delay currently means that activities are taking around 7 days to reach aussie.zone. The admins of aussie.zone do a great job keeping the instance going as a place for us to gather and discuss Australia and related issues so please do not direct any criticism at them over this. To be able to properly interact with our community I would recommend creating an account on another instance for the time being (as far as I know lemmy.world is the only problematic one). If you're interested there is currently a discussion ongoing in [!meta@aussie.zone](https://aussie.zone/c/meta) ([link for aussie.zone users](https://aussie.zone/post/9964509)) covering this.

Weekly Random Thread #50 12-12-2023
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G'day all! Just thought I'd chuck up this random thread for a bit of a yarn. You know, sometimes it's nice to have a chinwag about anything and everything – could be your latest DIY project, a recipe you're stoked about, or even just how your day's been. It's all about sharing the good vibes and having a fair dinkum chat. So, what's the goss? Jump on in and let's have a good old chit-chat, like a bunch of mates sitting 'round the table. Cheers!

Discussion on Concerns over Auto tl;dr bot
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Hello everyone , There have been concerns raised lately over issues with the Auto tl;dr bot which creates summaries of news articles from several known sites, however only really ABC news is applicable here. Relevant threads: - [Truck stowaway 'lucky to be alive' after travelling nearly 400km on metal racks beneath B-double](https://aussie.zone/comment/4482258) (no problem with summary - just discussion of concerns) - [Small modular nuclear reactor that was hailed by Coalition as future cancelled due to rising costs](https://aussie.zone/comment/4215499) (Australian Politics) There are also many other occurrences (I haven't been keeping track), if there are some you would like appended to this list comment with a link below. Most concerns are that the bot misses important information and/or gives a misleading summary. I'd like to see where people sit on the issue and how we could potentially deal with it. There are a few options I can think of: 1. Remove the bot (through a ban) 2. Get [@dalekerrigan@aussie.zone](https://aussie.zone/u/dalekerrigan) to comment a disclaimer underneath all of its comments 3. Get [@dalekerrigan@aussie.zone](https://aussie.zone/u/dalekerrigan) automatically delete all comments by the bot which have been reported (may open door for abuse) 4. Do nothing I don't hate the bot - it can be useful, and I like the concept, however, just like us it gets things wrong. Anyway feedback is welcome, if you have an opinion on this please comment below so I can judge where we all stand on this and try to make the right decision

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How to spot a tax scam
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We’re in the season of tax returns and now is a great time for scammers to strike. Here’s some things to keep an eye out for but it’s not exclusive. - unless you have engaged an accountant, no one will contact you about your tax except myGov - if myGov contact you, they won’t tell you to do anything except check your inbox (exception is security codes but you will have initiated the reason for this) - if myGov contact you, DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS. They don’t send them. - if you get a message from mygov and it shows a phone number, it’s a scam. MyGov messages will only say they are from myGov. This isn’t a guarantee that it’s legit, but the lack of it means scam. Please add more tips below to ensure people don’t get caught out.



As night fell over the Indian Ocean, Li thought he would die in his boat. It had been four days since he and nine other men from China boarded the small wooden vessel in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and headed to Australia. Li was told by the so-called "agent" who sold him the place on the boat that the trip would only take four days. But as the sun set on the fourth day, strong winds and huge waves saw the group still floating on the ocean, with Li feeling nauseous and hopeless. And the worst was yet to come. Two engines broke down. Perilous waves hit the boat again and again. The only pump in the ship stopped working. Water leaked from beneath the floors. Li took out his phone and started to draft his last words. In the message, he apologised to his wife and child for being too busy with work in the past few years, and for not taking good care of them. "I was hoping that if I didn't make it through, then maybe someone could find my phone one day and know who I am," he told the ABC. Somehow, after eight stormy nights, the boat came ashore on the northern tip of Western Australia. They had made it, but in many ways, their journey was only just beginning. Exhausted and thirsty, the group of men decided to look for water. They broke up into smaller groups, and one of those groups accidentally walked into the unfenced Truscott air base. What happened next hit national headlines, reviving a fierce debate about border security and boat arrivals that has vexed successive federal governments for decades. Chinese nationals trying to reach Australia by boat has been a phenomenon rarely seen until this year. The ABC can confirm at least three groups of Chinese nationals have travelled or planned to travel to Australia by boat via Indonesia this year. Only Li's boat made it to Australian shores. The latest group was found on May 8. Their fishing boat, carrying six Chinese men on board — including an alleged smuggler — was intercepted by Indonesian authorities as they tried to make their way to Australia. Indonesia's Immigration Agency has confirmed one people smuggler from Bangladesh has been arrested, and two Indonesian field operators have been sentenced to seven years in jail for people smuggling. Indonesian authorities also revealed that the people smugglers used TikTok to lure in the Chinese nationals and get them to set sail for Australia. Li and the other men on board the boat that reached Western Australia have been detained at an offshore processing facility in Nauru for more than a month. But their story is not just about border security and people smuggling. It speaks to an emerging trend of Chinese nationals risking death for what they say is a chance at a better life abroad. **Why these men spent $10,000 each to reach Australia** The ABC has been in contact with three men — including Li — who have been detained at the Nauru Detention Centre since wandering into the WA air base. The ABC has used pseudonyms to protect their identities. For Li, who is in his early 30s, travelling to Australia by boat was a last resort after being continuously frustrated by what had happened in China since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Even after the lockdowns were lifted, the Chinese economy continued to suffer. Li's business went bankrupt and he was left with huge debts. He said he also felt discouraged by China's political atmosphere after President Xi Jinping began his third term of leadership and tightened his control over society. "I found my life in China too stressful, with limited freedom," he said. "I want to come to Australia as it's more humane and free." Zhang, another Chinese man in his late 30s who is also detained in Nauru, said his reasons for leaving were similar. "I also ran a business before but due to the broader environment I now owed lots of debts," Zhang said. Zhang also said he suffered political oppression for refusing to bribe officials. Li and Zhang never met before boarding the boat in Jakarta. However, they both say they had been browsing on social media platforms Xiaohongshu and Douyin — the Chinese version of TikTok — looking for ways to leave their country. They spotted advertisements about smuggling operations to Australia via boat in comment sections. They were then added to a chat group. "We then found out lots of people want to come to Australia but their visa applications were rejected," Li said. "We still wanted to come to Australia and gradually we decided to take a risk." They paid an agent about $10,000 per person for the journey. Under the agent's instructions, they took a plane to Jakarta, then waited until sundown to get into the boat. The men say it took them eight days to get from Jakarta to the WA coast by boat The smugglers never told the 10 Chinese men they could be taken to Nauru, where Australia's offshore immigration detention centre is based. "We were not aware of this at all," Li said. "What we only knew is that there'd be two possibilities awaiting us if we travelled by boat: We either got intercepted before coming ashore or we landed successfully and then applied for visas based on our individual situations, such as applying for asylum." Fang, another Chinese man from the boat, also said he was not aware of Australia's immigration policy and the existence of offshore detention centres. The 30-year-old Chinese national told the ABC that he was working in a steel factory in Malaysia. He also came across information about boat travel on Chinese social media. When he boarded the vessel, he was still yet to resign from the factory. "I have travelled to Australia in the past and I quite like the country," Fang said. "I want to come here to make some money. Life has been difficult." In a statement to the ABC, a spokesperson for Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu said it prohibited using the platform for illegal activity. "Upon discovering such violations, the company will remove the content and take action against the account," the spokesperson said. The ABC has also reached out to ByteDance — the parent company of Douyin — for comment but is yet to receive a response. **The treacherous 'walking route' to the US ** The ABC is unable to independently verify Li, Zhang and Fang's claims. And the men could not provide any documents to the ABC because their possessions, including their phones, were taken from them at the Truscott air base. However, their stories — including how they used Douyin and Xiaohongshu to find ways to enter Australia without visas — heavily overlap those emerging from the US border in the past two years. Since late 2021, there has been a dramatic rise in undocumented Chinese nationals entering the US through Mexico — a route often used by people from Central America. According to data from US border authorities, more than 37,000 Chinese nationals were arrested on the US-Mexico border in 2023 — 10 times more than the previous year. Many of these Chinese nationals used Douyin — where Li, Zhang and Fang found information about the boat travel — to record how they travelled from China to the US without a visa. They often go to Hong Kong or Macau, take a plane to Turkey, and then fly to Ecuador, where Chinese passport holders can enter the country without visas. From there, they walk through the Darien Gap — one of the most dangerous jungles in the world — all the way north to Mexico. They call this journey "the Walking Route" and it takes about a month to complete. Tracy Wen Liu, an award-winning journalist now working for Voice Of America — a US government-funded broadcaster — has been documenting the phenomenon since 2022. She said the people she spoke to who followed the Walking Route were often from a lower- to middle-class background, with about $30,000 to support themselves as they left China. "A lot of them actually have had some sort of college education or even had a job in China," Ms Liu said. She said they tended to be young — between 20 and 40 years old — and they were familiar with using social media to look for information or document their journey. And Chinese nationals' growing demand for the route had inspired a new business model in Mexico, Ms Liu said. New Chinese restaurants, hostels and car rental services are being set up by locals to serve these new customers. "There are an increasing number of agents trying to offer packages to people who are taking this route," Ms Liu said. "Those agents can arrange transportation for these people or they can even help bribe local police or help bribe local gangsters to make this trip much less risky." Still, the route is full of danger. In late March, a group of eight Chinese nationals were found dead on a beach in Mexico. This is the first known case of Chinese migrant deaths since the Walking Route became popular in 2021. **Why are Chinese nationals leaving their country?** It's rare to see people from China — a middle-income country — opting for illegal migration pathways to leave, according to Victor Shih, an associate professor in Chinese political science at the University of California, San Diego. "Usually this kind of sizeable economic migration would stop when a country reaches middle-income status, which China reached a few years ago," Dr Shih said. "Of course, even in middle-income countries, people try to leave sometimes for better economic opportunities, but mainly relying on legal channels, like studying overseas and then getting a work visa." Dr Shih said the growing use of the Walking Route spoke to the economic downturn in China in the past few years, as well as the increasingly challenging business environment. "During COVID, a lot of small businesses had their savings wiped out because the lockdown policy just led to no cash flows," Dr Shih said when asked why business owners such as Li and Zhang would take such risks to leave China. "Many of them, also, in order to survive their businesses, borrowed a lot of money, either through formal banking channels or informal lending channels. "But because of the weakness of the recovery, many of these businesspeople were not able to make enough money to repay their debt." And that is when their economic struggles turn political. "In China, because of how pervasive the credit system is … if you get a low score on the credit system, some of these people are not able to even ride a train," Dr Shih said. "So that makes doing business — to start a new business in order to repay some of their debts — nearly impossible." After COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in 2022, Beijing announced measures such as tax cuts to boost the economy. However, Dr Shih said "that doesn't really help" with the cash flow situation. "The other problem is that many local governments are basically bankrupt, so some local governments have instituted informal taxes on small businesses," he said. Many Chinese people — from the elite to the middle class — have lost their optimism, according to Dali Yang, a China political economist at the University of Chicago. "We do see this year, for example, finally, the uptake in domestic tourism [in China]," he said. "But at the same time, for people who have lost a lot of money in recent years, it's not like they can easily get back the money, and very often they may have exhausted their savings." Data from China's Central Bank released last week also shows China's manufacturing and services sector has slowed at a time of weak domestic demand and possible deflation. "The latest figure [from the Central Bank] also just simply reveals that people don't find a lot of opportunities for making investments in China at this moment," Professor Yang said. **The new reality after leaving China** In the US, journalist Tracy Wen Liu has stayed in touch with Chinese nationals who have risked their lives on the Walking Route to enter the US. She has found those who can speak some English and drive can adapt to American culture more easily. "I think a lot of them are struggling as well," she said. She has also noticed many Walking Route migrants have chosen to settle in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles, and many of them are competing for the same jobs. "It's more and more difficult for them to find a job right now, and also hostels or hotels in those areas are getting more and more expensive because there's an increase in demand," she said. She has also found some of the Walking Route migrants have returned to China. "A lot of Chinese migrants, when they were living in China … they had a perception about life in the US, [like] it's very easy to make money in the States, it's very nice to live there, it's very convenient and prosperous," she said. "However, when they actually came to the US, when they live in those hostels and share a room with 10 other people, when they work 14 hours a day, seven days a week and make a salary that's much lower than the minimum salary by law because they don't have a status … I think a lot of them realise that it's actually really difficult to find a living in the States." Both China and the US have tried to crack down on the flow of migrants. In April, Douyin — where many Chinese migrants search for information about the Walking Route — censored relevant videos on the platform. The two countries have also reportedly resumed cooperation on repatriation to tackle Chinese migrants rushing to the southern border of the United States. Meanwhile, in Nauru, the 10 Chinese men who sought a better life in Australia face an uncertain fate. Fang chose to return to Malaysia and continue his work there. However, Li and Zhang want to try to stay in Australia. "After going through what happened at home, I don't want to go back to China," Liu said. "I came to Australia because it's a free country. It has human rights. It gives people freedom, both physically and mentally." The nine Chinese men say Australian immigration officials offered them $US5,100 (about $7,600) per person and a return ticket if they agreed to go back to China. During their stays in Nauru, they took English lessons, went through various health checks, and had time for exercise. As the men barely spoke any English, they communicated with officers from the centre through mobile translation apps, and when they had meetings with police and the immigration department, there was an interpreting hotline set up for them. But what they had been hoping for was access to legal aid. Li said the centre told them they would have a legal aid session in late April, but they told the ABC they were unable to meet with a lawyer until May 17. They are becoming more anxious as the days pass. Two sources inside the Nauru Detention Centre told the ABC that one of the Chinese men has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday, demanding to be sent to Australia. The sources say he is in a good condition. Li occasionally calls his wife using the phone provided by the centre. "My family is quite worried but they are also supportive," he said. He also has a young child but in the past few weeks has tried not to speak to them directly. "I worry that I will get emotional," he explained. In a statement to the ABC, the Department of Home Affairs said people who attempted to travel to Australia by boat without a valid Australian visa had "zero chance of settling in Australia". "Australia's policy response remains consistent — unauthorised maritime arrivals will not settle in Australia," a spokesman for the department said. "The government of Nauru is responsible for the implementation of regional processing arrangements in Nauru, including the management of individuals under those arrangements." The ABC has contacted the Chinese embassy in Australia for comment but is yet to receive a response.

> Broader adoption of keeping cats safe at home would have large benefits for cat welfare, human health, local wildlife and even the economy. So, should cat owners be required to keep their pets contained to their property? The answer to the question is obviously "yes".


Wikileaks’ Julian Assange given permission to appeal against U.S. extradition, UK court rules
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's battle to avoid extradition to the United States received a huge boost on Monday when London's High Court ruled that U.S. assurances over his case were unsatisfactory and he would get a full appeal hearing. In March, the High Court provisionally gave Assange, 52, permission to appeal on three grounds. But it gave the U.S. the opportunity to provide satisfactory assurances that it would not seek the death penalty and would allow him to seek to rely on a First Amendment right to free speech in a trial. In a short ruling, two senior judges said the U.S. submissions were not sufficient and said they would allow the appeal to go ahead.

NOTE: Video sponsored by the ACTU Key points - It would make house prices increase by more than the maximum amount people could withdraw - It would cost the government $1 *trillion* in the long run - It would leave people with $200k less in retirement savings - It would significantly affect the returns on all superannuation as funds would need to keep more cash reserves uninvested so it is available for withdrawal

[Streisand Effect](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect), do your work!


(Not me) Official video from David McBride's Official Youtube channel. If you don't know who he is - I don't blame you, with how little coverage this story has gotten





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![](https://aussie.zone/pictrs/image/8ba5da5e-be13-4079-80a8-185d359baf65.png) Not sure if anyone has a similar thing they do. There have been some arguments lately in our car so I guess here we are.

The inner workings of China's notorious secret police unit and how it hunts down dissidents living overseas – including in Australia – have been exposed by a former spy in a Four Corners investigation, raising tough questions about Australia's national security. It is the first time anyone from the secret police – one of the most feared and powerful arms of China's intelligence apparatus – has ever spoken publicly. The investigation also found the existence of an espionage operation on Australian soil only last year and the secret return of an Australian resident to China in 2019. Spy speaks out The spy — who goes by the name Eric — worked as an undercover agent for a unit within China's federal police and security agency, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) between 2008 and early 2023. The unit is called the Political Security Protection Bureau, or the 1st Bureau. It is one of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) key tools of repression, operating across the globe to surveil, kidnap and silence critics of the party, particularly President Xi Jinping. "It is the darkest department of the Chinese government," Eric said. "When dealing with people who oppose the CCP, they can behave as if these people are not protected by the law. They can do whatever they want to them." Four Corners has chosen not to publish Eric's full name or the identities of his secret police handlers due to concerns for the 39-year-old's safety. Eric fled China and arrived in Australia last year where he revealed his history to ASIO, Australia's domestic spy agency. ASIO declined to comment for this story. Eric revealed to Four Corners how China collects intelligence on those it deems enemies of the state – and in some cases the tactics it uses to see them return to China to face prosecution. He was tasked by his handlers with hunting down dissidents across the globe, sometimes by using elaborate cover stories — once as a property executive and another as an anti-CCP freedom fighter — to try to gain their confidence and lure them to countries where they could be abducted and returned to China. Four Corners has seen hundreds of secret documents and correspondence that back up Eric's story about his assignments and targets which covered China, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Canada and Australia. 'Secret agents in Australia' In 2023, AFP officers raided a Sydney location and uncovered a Chinese espionage operation targeting Australian residents. One of them was Edwin Yin, a political activist whose online videos have targeted President Xi and his daughter. The AFP spoke to Mr Yin after the raid. "They told me ... they had disrupted an intelligence agency in Australia," he said. "They acquired information and material that indicated the CCP was looking for me in Australia through this intelligence agency." Four Corners understands the AFP's investigation is ongoing. In 2021, Mr Yin was the victim of a physical attack in Melbourne that left him with a broken nose. Mr Yin thought the two men who attacked him, and a third who filmed it, were Chinese government agents. "I don't feel safe in Australia," he said. Eric was asked to target Mr Yin in 2018. He told Four Corners he has no doubt Chinese secret agents currently operate in Australia, and that they rely on a network of support organisations and businesses. "In an area where there are secret agents, a support system is required so when the agents are dispatched there, they can receive the necessary support," he said. "They certainly have established a support system in Australia." China says it is seeking Mr Yin's return over several financial fraud allegations. Four Corners spoke to one of his alleged victims who maintained the crimes happened. Mr Yin says he was framed. China's global reach Counter-intelligence experts said it was "political security" with which China's vast spying network was most concerned. Holden Triplett previously led the FBI's office in Beijing where he regularly dealt with the Ministry of Public Security. "The MPS portrays itself as a police service … but in my mind, they're anything but that," he said. "Their job is to protect the party's status … and when I say status, I mean control … The party has to remain in control." Under Mr Xi's rule, that control has become much tighter. Since becoming leader in 2012, Mr Xi has reordered the Chinese security and intelligence services and strengthened the party's grip on the Chinese population overseas. "Now they're heavily engaged in the world, they need resources from all sorts of places," Mr Triplett said. "So anyone within the Chinese population internally, or in the diaspora … that could threaten the party's control … that's what they would be investigating, opposing and disrupting if necessary." MPS works with other elements of China's national state security including the country's foreign spy agency, the Ministry of State Security, and the CCP's main foreign influence arm, the United Front Work Department (UFWD). The UFWD is tasked with increasing China's influence abroad and UFWD-associated community groups exist in virtually all countries where there is a significant Chinese population – including Australia. "United Front work creates tall grass to hide the snakes," said former CIA analyst Peter Mattis. "The MPS are some of those snakes." Citizens returned Mr Xi has used his anti-corruption campaigns Fox Hunt and Sky Net to return more than 12,000 so-called fugitives to China since 2014. Many were returned in covert operations without the knowledge or permission of local authorities. As part of Fox Hunt, in 2014 two Chinese police officers covertly entered Australia to pursue and return a Melbourne bus driver. When it was made public the following year, it caused a major diplomatic incident and the Chinese government promised it would never happen again. In 2019, Chinese officers came to Australia again and returned with a 59-year-old Australian resident. "The MPS sent officials … to Australia to have a so-called heart-to-heart with a female who was then persuaded to come back," said Laura Harth, campaigns director at human rights NGO, Safeguard Defenders. "They used the [Australian] Chinese consulate-general and embassy to help them." Four Corners has established that the AFP did approve the 2019 visit, but the Chinese officers didn't follow the agreed protocol and the woman was escorted back to China by them without the AFP's approval. Do you know more about this story? Contact Four Corners here. Last month, Safeguard Defenders released a report documenting more than 280 cases of foreign citizens and residents being repatriated to China. The individuals are accused of committing economic crimes. There were at least 16 successful individual extrajudicial returns from Australia between 2014 and 2023, according to the report, which relied on Chinese state media. Four of those returns took place last year. "These successful operations — or even the attempts at operations that turn out not to be successful — are a clear violation of Australia's sovereignty," Ms Harth said. A spokeswoman for the AFP said it "will never endorse or facilitate a foreign agency to come to Australia to intimidate or force foreign nationals to return home". "Under Australian law, that is a crime," she said. "It is an offence for foreign governments, or those acting on their behalf, to threaten culturally and linguistically diverse communities, or anyone else in Australia. This includes harassment, surveillance, intimidation and other coercive measures." An Australian Government spokesperson said defending against malicious foreign interference was "a top priority". "Australia's law enforcement and intelligence agencies assess, investigate, disrupt and where possible, prosecute acts of foreign interference." "The ASIO and AFP-led Counter Foreign Interference Taskforce is actively investigating a range of foreign interference cases." The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Australia and China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a request for comment.

>Alon Levy, co-lead of the transportation and land use program at New York University’s Marron Institute, has spent years studying why some countries are able to build transport infrastructure cheaply and others aren’t. >Though the preliminary business case of the expansion of Gold Coast light rail includes few details, **Levy estimates that the project may ultimately cost as much as 10 times more than comparable European infrastructure.** ----- >Those include, Levy says, a lack of contracting transparency, over-engineering, politicisation, poor allocation of cost risk – and **above all, contracting out to the private sector.**

Media Release: The BOM issues a warning for a G4 geomagnetic storm
8PM (right now) +/- 10 hours Better call the tiberium harvester back in.

This petition is part of the Stopkillinggames.com campaign led by Scott Ross ([Accursed Farms](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ6KZTTnkE-s2XFJJmoTAkw)), to end in Australia the practice of software licensors to render purchased software completely unusable at arbitrary points in time. This petition closes relatively soon so please get the word out to your fellow mates. Thank you!

> > > A much-awaited report into Coles and Woolworths has found what many customers have long believed – Australia’s big supermarkets engage in price gouging. > > > > What [started](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Supermarket_Prices/SupermarketPrices/Terms_of_Reference) as a simple Senate inquiry into grocery prices and supermarket power has delivered a lengthy 195-page-long [report](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Supermarket_Prices/SupermarketPrices/Supermarket_Prices) spanning supermarket pricing’s impact on customers, food waste, relationships with suppliers, employee wages and conditions, excessive profitability, company mergers and land banking. > > > > The report makes some major recommendations, including giving courts the power to break up anti-competitive businesses, and strengthening the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). > > > > It also recommends making the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct mandatory for supermarket chains. This code governs how they should deal with suppliers. The government’s recent [Independent Review of the Food and Grocery Code](https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2024-510813) also recommended making it mandatory for the supermarket giants. > > > > But at this point it’s hard to say what, if anything, the recommendations will mean for everyday Australians and the prices they actually pay. > >

Video concentrates on particular roads in Victoria, and points out Victorian road rules, but the vast majority of this content is applicable around the whole country. No obligation to ride in the bike lane in Queensland at least. Don't know about other states.



Health and fitness
Hey guys and girls. We don't have a health and fitness community. I was thinking of starting one where we can post achievements, fitness videos, questions etc. Would anyone be interested?



Chinese fighter jet endangered Australian military helicopter during “unsafe” and “unacceptable” confrontation over the Yellow Sea, Australia says
A Chinese fighter jet endangered an Australian military helicopter during an "unsafe" and "unacceptable" confrontation over the Yellow Sea, Australia said on Monday. The Chinese air force J-10 jet dropped flares above and several hundred meters ahead of an Australian MH60R Seahawk helicopter which was on a routine flight on Saturday in the Yellow Sea as part of an operation to enforce sanctions against North Korea, Defence Minister Richard Marles said in a statement. The helicopter, flying from destroyer HMAS Hobart, dodged the flares, but the possible impact would have been "significant". "This is a very serious incident, it was unsafe and it is completely unacceptable," he said. "We have formally expressed our concerns about this incident, and formally expressed that this was both unsafe and unprofessional." The confrontation put the aircraft and those on board at risk, although no one was hurt, the Department of Defence said in a separate statement. This is the second such incident in six months to mar what has otherwise been a growing rapprochement between the two countries after years of strained relations and trade disputes. Australia said in November a Chinese naval vessel injured some of its divers in Japanese waters using an underwater sonar. China denied it had used its sonar, however Australia rejected the explanation. HMAS Hobart continues to operate in the area despite Saturday's confrontation, Marles said. Australia has been participating in missions to enforce sanctions against North Korea in the region since 2018. China's Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment.




I saw that they weren't going to go ahead last year, but now apparently there will be a pilot.



Recommend me a music streaming service?
I've had YouTube Music since it was Google Music, but the price has recently doubled and at the same time I've started noticing my "Radio" keeps playing the same dozen songs over and over again. Started to feel like I was listening to Triple M. Yesterday was the final straw as every song played on repeat until you manually skipped which is just... wtf? How does that even happen? I have jumped on to Spotify for the minute, but find it is too heavily focused on "pop" music - it seems to choose songs that are broadly more popular, but aren't really the same as what I'm choosing to play. I somehow always end up back with top 50 chart artists in the queue, even if I started on like bluegrass or hillbilly or something. Also if I select a song or artist and choose "Radio", it always the same 50 songs and then just stops which doesn't seem like what "Radio" should be at all. What other options are there that are accessible from Australia, and preferably have a decent amount of Australian local content? I have zero interests in podcasts being jammed in, I just want music. And preferably music that I can just say "play stuff that sounds like this" and it'll go on a deep dive to focus on things I haven't heard before. Critical: - No ads - Able to actually choose the music and skip and what not, so not Sirius or similar - Good catalogue of Australian artists - Android and Desktop clients - "Family" plan or similar for 2 people Budget not really an issue.

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    Aussie Zone
    Lemmy for Australians and those that love Australia. All welcome. Signups are open.

    If you’d like a community created, request it in !meta@aussie.zone

    Please provide an email address, it is required for password resets. Be sure to not use Outlook/Hotmail, as Microsoft are blocking all email from our hosting provider.

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    Rules
    1. Golden rule - don’t be a dick. If you wouldn’t say it in front of your grandmother, don’t post it.
    2. No bigotry - including racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or xenophobia.
    3. Be respectful. Everyone should feel welcome here.
    4. No porn.
    5. No Ads / Spamming.
    6. Nothing illegal in Australia.

    Please, nothing that may be considered offensive in post titles, including strong language.

    Server Info
    • Hosted in Sydney
    • User community creation disabled
    • Down votes enabled
    • User signup enabled
    Support

    If you’d like to contribute to ongoing running costs, you can do so here. More details on current setup and costs are here.