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Sikorksy to supply Black Hawks for Australian firefighting

Sikorksy to supply Black Hawks for Australian firefighting

Business
July 28 (UPI) -- Sikorsky, Kaan Air Australia and StarFlight Australia have signed an agreement worth up to $ 50 million for 10 UH-60 Black Hawks to be converted to firefighting platforms.The agreement would procure 10 former U.S. Army Black Hawks to be refurbished in Brisbane, Australia, and converted into aerial firebombers to combat brushfires and civil emergency situations.The agreement includes options for the future purchase of 10 more Black Hawks for similar service. The helicopters would be operated by aerial service provider StarFlight for emergency response.Kaan Air and StarFlight chief executive officer John Skeene said that the deal would be a big step for Australian aviation."The helicopters are being purchased by an Australian company, will be registered in Australia and most...
Australian gov't 'ideologically opposed to human rights,' says commissioner

Australian gov't 'ideologically opposed to human rights,' says commissioner

World
July 25 (UPI) -- During her last week as human rights commissioner of Australia, Gillian Triggs said human rights were worsening in the country for "women, indigenous, homeless and most of course asylum seekers and refugees.""I think it's partly because we have a government that is ideologically opposed to human rights," she told ABC Radio National on Wednesday.Triggs' comments come before Australia's potential induction into the United Nation's Human Rights Council."It is a very, very false endorsement as the competition has dropped out so Australia will be moving into that position almost automatically," she said."There will be no judgment on Australia's position on human rights," she lamented.She also said that Australia lacks and needs its own version of a bill of rights."Anything that...
Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

World
Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau says she is "willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes" be in charge of the department, which has been criticized in the wake of last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911. Harteau's resignation Friday came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who said she lost confidence in the chief's "ability to lead us further." She said she asked Harteau to step down after assessing where the department needs to go. "For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD," Hodges said. Harteau, who worked her way up from the bottom of the department to become the city's first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief, said Frid
Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Technology
The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages.Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted.Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists.But security experts say strong encryption protects citizens' privacy.What's the issue?Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect's communications to police with an appropriate warrant.However, messaging companies cannot hand over messages that have been end-to-end encrypted because they do not receive a legible copy.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThis enc...
Australian drug gang suspected of using drone to monitor police

Australian drug gang suspected of using drone to monitor police

World
June 30 (UPI) -- Police are increasingly using drones to monitor criminal suspects, but in Australia, the criminals are suspected of using drones to monitor the police.An international drug gang consisting of four Australians, one Briton and two Canadians were arrested by Australian police for smuggling in three large bags of cocaine from Panama with a estimated street value of $ 30 million, police said.The men were arrested in different locations during the course of several police raids around Melbourne and were subsequently charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.In addition to the $ 30 million in cocaine, police found cash worth approximately $ 446,000 in U.S. dollars.The suspected drug traffickers appeared to have worked hard to avoid getting caught and went so far as to us...