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'''Australia''' is a [[nation state]] in Oceania.
A 2015 bill claimed that the government had a right to carry out very broad warrantless [[mass surveillance]] of electronic media, including banning [[warrant canaries]]. The powers claimed were so broad that they have been called "nearly unlimited".<ref>http://boingboing.net/2015/03/26/australia-outlaws-warrant-cana.html</ref>
Under the 2012 [[Defence Trade Controls Act]] law, “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. One commentator has suggested that it has potential to "[catch] open source privacy software, information security research and education, and the entire computer security industry in its snare."<ref>http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/12/in-australia-even-learning-about-encryption-will-be-illegal-soon/</ref>
As of 2017, Australia was continuing to expand [[mass surveillance]], spending $18.5M on iOmniscient, a system which "works by analysing images recorded by existing CCTV cameras.”<ref>http://anonhq.com/australian-govt-ramps-18-5m-citizen-surveillance-capability-iomniscient-technology/</ref>
In December 2016, the ''[[New Zealand Herald]]'' reported that "Australia could scrap the $100 note".<ref>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11766817</ref> Earlier in the year some researchers were predicting that Australia would be a "fully cashless society by 2022"<ref>http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-cashless-society-cometh-european-nations-such-as-sweden-and-denmark-are-eradicating-cash</ref><ref>http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ne.ws/opinion/rex-jory-is-2016-the-year-of-a-cashless-australia/news-story/2956002f12d55bf7cdcc19fb995810a3</ref>
In 2015, it produced 12% of the world's [[Uranium]].