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Australia’s gun laws in the firing line following police deaths



Australia’s gun laws may become even tighter as states and territories are urged to work together

It’s been described as a sick ploy to lure authorities to their untimely deaths.

Two police officers shot and killed execution-style as they arrived at a remote property, three hours west of Brisbane.

Now, in the wake of the deadly Queensland siege, there are renewed calls for Australia to tighten its gun laws even further.

Speaking to Channel 7, Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce said he is open to having a rational discussion about further reforms.

“As long as we don’t get an overarching ridiculous restriction on how we utilise firearms because we utilise them for work and we do utilise them for recreation,” Joyce said.

So, what’s on the table?

Senior police officers are calling for more national consistency around firearms legislation.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb and her deputy Dave Hudson believe there needs to be a “commitment to national synergy”.

Some may be surprised to know gun laws are largely determined by individual states and territories. Meanwhile, the federal government is responsible for regulating the importation of the weapons.

“Every state has their own laws and things they need to consider, but as long as the intent is the same then we are in a better place. States can work out their own framework but come together and improve and learn from each other,” Hudson said.

Australia’s 1996 gun reforms

The Port Arthur massacre saw 35 people killed and 23 others injured when Martin Bryant entered a café at the historic site.

It was this event which prompted the Australian government’s massive overhaul and tightening of the nation’s gun laws.

But this was more than a century ago. Since then, restrictions have remained relatively untouched.

The head of QLD Police Union says if things can be done better, they should be.

Changes being floated by top authorities include further mental health checks for gun owners and a national register.

Labor MP Meryl Swanson said the government is prepared to work with jurisdictions around the country to tighten laws, if required.

“States are mainly, let’s face it, the ones responsible for the registration and control of guns. But we will work with them. Let’s just see what the inquiry brings forth from that horrendous incident,” Swanson said.

It’s likely a decision will be made following the next national cabinet meeting in 2023.

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AI creates a song imitating Drake and The Weeknd



A big surprise for music fans when they heard a new song featuring Drake and The Weeknd. But there’s a catch!

The viral song was created by artificial intelligence.

A new song that sounds like Drake and The Weeknd has gone viral, but it was created by artificial intelligence.

Now, there’s a crusade against AI music.

The song,“Heart on My Sleeve”was created by artificial intelligence and quickly racked up millions of views on TikTok, Spotify, and YouTube.

Record label, Universal Music Group (UMG) is not happy about the song that used AI-generated vocals to simulate pop music artists Drake Graham and The Weeknd.

UMG flexed their muscle and forced the song featuring some of its biggest artists to be removed from Spotify and TikTok.

According to reports, UMG is taking it a step further and sent letters to Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streamers requesting they block AI tools from training their models on the melodies and lyrics of UMG artists.

Les Borsai, the Co-Founder of Wave Financial joined us to discuss. #AI #artificialintelligence #drake #theweeknd #veronicadudo #LesBorsai #music #popartists #UniversalMusicGroup

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Who is running for the 2024 GOP Presidential nomination?



The 2024 Presidential GOP field continues to grow.

While everyone is hoping to persuade Republicans to favor them over former President Donald Trump–he continues to lead the pack.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis kicked off his 2024 presidential campaign with his first public appearance in Iowa.

He joins others including Senator Tim Scott and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The field is expected to expand even more as reports suggest that both former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will enter the primary race soon.

However, everyone is hoping to persuade Republicans to favor them over former President Donald Trump who continues to enjoy very high poll numbers.

U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew joined us to discuss.
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Is the U.S. debt deal bad fiscal policy?



While President Joe Biden and Republican leadership came to an agreement on the debt limit—some lawmakers say the fiscal policy is a bad deal and does not rein in spending.

The executive branch and Congress tried to strike a deal about the debt limit as the country marched closer to defaulting.

The Treasury has been warning that the government could run out of money sometime in the beginning of June and would likely default on some bills if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats have insisted on raising the debt limit without preconditions.

But, Republicans say President Joe Biden and the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with America’s economy after a two-year spending binge that brought 40-year high inflation and pushed the nation’s debt to over $31-trillion.

While President Biden and Republican leadership came to an agreement on the debt limit—many lawmakers say the fiscal policy is a bad deal and does not rein in spending.

New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew, a Republican from New Jersey voted against the bill and joined us to discuss. #USpolitics #washingtondc #politics #debtlimit #debtdeal #veronicadudo #jeffvandrew #newjersey #congress

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