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  • Autonomous vehicles – driverless or rudderless?

    Posted 8/01/2016 by Matthew L James
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    With the recent on-road demonstrations of driverless vehicles in the United States and Australia the prospect of more widespread use of such autonomous operations appears to have moved closer. However there remain questions of safety and technical issues to resolve. In fact, there have been various autonomous vehicle demonstrations and challenges over the past decade, so the technology appears to be maturing into deliverable systems. Still, there are concerns around their integration into the existing vehicle transport networks and for community acceptance. There will also be a need for revised legislation, as it is illegal in Australia for a car to drive without human control. The South Australian state government, however, has already moved to introduce the changes required for autonomous or driverless vehicles to be able to legally driven on the road. Are they really safe?

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    TAGS: safety, transport, vehicles

  • You work where? Where Australians Lived and Worked, 2006 and 2011

    Posted 8/09/2015 by Aaron Greenup
    The Parliamentary Library has constructed two maps using Census data to illustrate the journeys Australians took to travel to work in 2006 and 2011.    Click for larger images.   About the data The lines on the above maps represent the net journeys between regions. The net journey is the difference between the number of people travelling to and from two regions. For example, if five people travelled from region B to region A and three people travelled from region A to region B, t... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census, employment, transport

  • Changing motor vehicle and fuel standards

    Posted 10/10/2014 by Matthew L James
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    Motor vehicle specifications in Australia are being reviewed, and a private senator’s bill about improving fuel emissions has  been tabled.. These developments raise the question of the vehicle standards used in Australia. Can we do better? Can we also make our fuel go further?

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    TAGS: transport, standards

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  • Is Adelaide Airport's Curfew carefree?

    Posted 20/02/2014 by Matthew L James
    Residents in South Australia’s capital do not like to be disturbed by the early arrival of jet airliners, at least judging by the introduction of a recent private member’s bill by one of their Senators. On 12 February 2014, Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright introduced the Adelaide Airport Curfew Amendment (Protecting Residents’ Amenity) Bill 2014 to prevent international flights landing between 5 and 6 a.m. This is in response to an announcement by the federal Minister fo... Read more...

    TAGS: Aviation, transport

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  • High Speed Rail for Australia - a fast track to the future or just the same old pipe dream?

    Posted 28/01/2014 by Moira Coombs
    High Speed Rail (HSR) has been talked about for many years in Australia but has never progressed beyond the study and report stage. However, on 9 December 2013, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, introduced a private member’s bill — the High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2013. The Bill proposes setting up a High Speed Rail Planning Authority which, as the second reading speech notes, is designed to provide critical ‘long-term Commonweal... Read more...

    TAGS: transport

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  • Who is bound by the World Anti-Doping Code?

    Posted 15/07/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    The previous FlagPost in this series examined countries that have criminalised doping in sport. This FlagPost examines who is bound by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), National Anti-Doping Scheme (NAD) and various anti-doping policies in Australia. Is it just athletes and coaches, or are other people, such as sports scientists, also bound?The legal basis for the enforcement of the Code in AustraliaThe Code operates as an agreement that is binding on its signatories, which includes various Olym... Read more...

    TAGS: ASADA, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, doping, Drugs, limitation period, sport, steroids, WADA, World Anti-Doping Agency

  • Regulation of gambling advertising on TV - Live Odds and ACMA

    Posted 31/05/2013 by Tyler Fox
    On 26 May 2013, the Prime Minister promisedthat ‘all promotions of odds by gambling companies and commentators will be banned during the broadcast of live sports matches, under new rules’. The Government has demanded that Australian commercial TV broadcasters amend their codes to ensure a reduction in the promotion and advertising of gambling—especially live odds—during broadcasts of sport. Codes of PracticeSection 123 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act) provides that a ‘Code of Prac... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, sport

  • Where in the world is doping a crime? (doping in sports pt. 6)

    Posted 24/04/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    In the previous FlagPost in this series we examined actions related to doping in sport that can also be prosecuted as crimes in Australia. Do other countries criminalise doping in sport, or is Australia unique in having criminal offences that apply to conduct associated with Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)? The situation overseasIn Australia some actions related to doping in sports (e.g. trafficking, possession, use or administration of steroids) are also crimes under various Commonwealth, ... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, crime, doping, sport, steroids, World Anti-Doping Agency

  • Is doping in sport a crime? (doping in sports pt. 5)

    Posted 24/04/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    The previous FlagPost in this series explored the dual use of evidence in both sports tribunals and criminal proceedings.Whilst it is commonly understood that doping is prohibited in sport, is it also a criminal offence? This FlagPost examines the circumstances in which an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) is also a crime in Australia and the sanctions imposed by the criminal justice system for those offences.  The Criminal Justice SystemUnlike a number of other countries, Australia does not hav... Read more...

    TAGS: ADRV, ASADA, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, crime, criminal law, doping, illicit drugs, sport, steroids, WADA, World Anti-Doping Agency

  • Of Airports and High Speed Trains

    Posted 11/04/2013 by Matthew James
    Shanghai Maglev Train The discussion of a High Speed Train (HST) along the east coast of Australia has rumbled on for decades. But now it's running into the Sydney airport issue. The government has recently released a study into the feasibility of a HST system and is completing another report about a location for a second Sydney Airport (SSA). The Australian Greens argued in late 2012 that a new report, commissioned by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, outlined a strong economic case for High Speed Rail (HSR) and rem... Read more...

    TAGS: planning, railways, transport

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