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Magnitsky Sanctions

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has chosen Human Rights Day to announce Magnitsky-style sanctions against 13 Russian and Iranian individuals and two entities, in response to human rights abuses. Wong has described these sanctions as a means of holding human rights abusers to account, in situations where dialogue has proven ineffective. Image: Image: Shutterstock: Zerbor Produced …

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Drones Being Trialed

In early November, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure invited public comment on proposed Australia-wide “drone delivery guidelines”. The guidelines claim they will create jobs, provide cost-efficiency and be environmentally sustainable. The guidelines have been criticised by certain academics, who say that drones are not in demand. Image: Image: Shutterstock: Gorodenkoff Produced By: Andrew Herlinger Featured In Story: …

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New environment proposal welcome, but not enough

The Federal government announced an overhaul of Australia’s environment law protections to act on climate and to reduce animal extinction. Minister for the Environment Tanya Plibersek announced these reforms are part of the Samuel review. However, while the changes are welcomed, experts say it’s not enough. Produced By: Eduardo Jordan Featured In Story: Dr Simon …

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