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News.com.au forced to remove the word ‘news’ from website

In a landmark decision, a federal court judge has ruled that prominent website news.com.au can no longer use the word ‘news’ in its website domain.

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The decision ends a lengthy legal battle between news.com.au and the Australian Press Council, which spanned 22 months and brought ethical journalism back into the national spotlight.

The central argument put forward by the Australian Press Council was that news.com.au repeatedly failed to portray any substantial news items on its website, instead opting to run poorly researched stories often on yesterday’s top reddit threads.

The Australian Press Council has labelled the decision a long overdue win for the journalism industry, which has been on a slow decline since 2007. The decline has been too much for some news outlets, resulting in many resorting to attention seeking, click bait articles offering zero substance.

Judge Melinda Carter made the following statement after handing down her decision:

“It is the prerogative of the organisation to determine what stories it publishes, however, when that organisation tries to portray unvalidated, tabloid gossip as news, it becomes a problem for the Australian people.”

News.com.au was given just 10 days to move its website onto a new domain. There is currently no indication what that may be.

Support grows for One Nation under proposed laws targeting new minority group

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is rejoicing after finally uniting Australians under a common hatred for Instagram selfie takers, Australia’s fastest growing minority group.

Hanson, a former Fish and Chips shop owner, came up with the new laws after trying to take a One Nation Party photo, and quickly realising she had become everything she despises.

Under the proposed laws, the widely popular Instagram app would be illegal, as would be ‘the act of taking multiple photos of oneself for the purpose of propagating the images on social media’.

Despite widespread support for the policy, academics have voiced concerns about how Australia could enforce such laws.

Australians who were completely opposed to everything One Nation stood for have said the proposed laws have led them to reconsider the One Nation Party, with one community member saying:

“I always considered myself fairly open-minded. I have never had any issues with other races or cultures, but f*ck me do I hate it when someone takes hundreds of selfies at the beach. Maybe Hanson’s on to something here”

Hanson intends to introduce the bill next month, and with the Liberal, Labour and Greens parties also uniting over the laws, it is a strong possibility we will see them in action before the end of the year.

NBN Chief blames online gamers for recent speeding ticket

NBN Co Chief, Bill Morrow, has continued to throw blame towards the online gaming community, this time criticising their gaming for a recent speeding ticket. Morrow attempted to talk his way out of the ticket late on Wednesday night by arguing that the gamers had hacked his vehicle, which resulted in him travelling 73km/h in a 60 zone.

The police officer, and online gaming enthusiast, attempted to explain to Morrow that hacking didn’t work that way, but Morrow wasn’t having a bar of it.

“It’s the gamers, they hacked my car. They’re ruining our lives…they even bloody stole my letter box.”

 

Despite Morrow’s hacking claims, the officer presented him with the $250 fine and 60 days to pay it.

When asked for comment, a police spokesperson said that they did not yet have any leads on the stolen letter box, but had not ruled out the online gaming community.