Australia has moved forward with a proposal to force social media and search companies to pay media outlets for their content.
Australia has a skills gap that is holding back the delivery of projects vital to its future prosperity, so it is in the national interest that we utilise skilled labour from other countries to plug those gaps. Blockading Australia from skilled workers, the majority of which will contribute to our knowledge economy and international competitiveness, is an obvious and huge mistake.
When Julian Assange and Wikileaks released a cache of US government cables in 2010, Australia's prime minister, Julia Gillard, denounced the leak in the strongest terms. Fast forward three years, and it would appear the Australian government has had a road to Damascus experience.
The Australian government is to post on YouTube images of so-called boatpeople being turned away and sent to Malaysia, in