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How would you feel about mandatory military service?

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One former Australian prime minister thinks it’s a good idea and believes it could help bridge the gap between the government and citizens.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has unveiled a bold new plan for Australian school-levers.

He wants to see these citizens spend a “significant period of time” giving back to their country, through methods which may include military service.

Speaking to the Institute of Public Affairs, the former PM says this move could help improve the “two-way street” between the Australian Government and the general public.

Mandatory military service isn’t unheard of – in South Korea men between the ages of 18 to 35 are expected to serve.

Recently we even saw South Korean pop sensations BTS announce they will be stepping away from the limelight until 2025 so they can all serve their country.

Austria, Cambodia, Norway, Israel and Finland also have a similar schemes.

One can only assume such a mandatory conscription programme would be hard to sell down under.

Military service is just one part of Abbott’s plan – what else has he suggested?

The former PM says there’s a lot of talk about what the government has to do for the people and not much discussion of how the general public can give back.

His bold plan could see school-leavers above the age of 18 spending six to 12 months in service.

Aside from being involved in the military, it could also include working in aged-care homes, Indigenous communities, or the Australian Peace Corps in the South Pacific.

He says there’s all sorts of things which people could do, and it’s all about chipping in.

Will this plan ever go ahead? Probably not so there’s nothing to worry about at this stage.

Australia’s last incident of compulsory military training was back in 1972 during the Vietnam War.

And it’s important to note despite this suggestion, the former PM has not himself ever served in the country’s armed forces.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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