Australia and and Indonesia will create a special hotline in the wake of the phone-tapping revelations to "resolve any issues" and "avoid unintended consequences", the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has said.
Bishop met her Indonesian counterpart, Dr Marty Natalegawa, in Jakarta on Thursday, saying both had agreed to meet regularly and maintain frequent contact following the downgrading of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The hotline would be designed to quickly resolve any issues resulting from Indonesia officially downgrading its relationship with Australia, said Natalegawa. He conceded that some aspects of the downgrade between the two nations were "being decided in a very ad hoc and not systematic way".
In November, documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that Australian spying authorities had attempted to listen in to the private phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno, and had targeted nine members of his inner circle, including his wife.
As The Australian from the merde-och press lauds the efforts by the Aussie spies under the Rudd government to listen in on the First Lady in Indonesia (because she the one with the trousers and influence — according to The Australian report), one has to invite the Indonesian government to spy on the Abbott's daughters' telephone rabble (phone tapping margie's mobile would be a waste of time)... Amongst the normal bogan rubbish girly talk, the Indonesians might find a few interesting titbits on how loony and idiotic the Prime Minister of Australia is...
Actually they don't need to spy, all they have to do is talk to the guy and notice the double speak...
Telephone company TPG has been fined $400,000 in the Federal Court for failing to give customers access to the triple-0 emergency service.
Sharon Merrin of Brisbane tried to call triple-0 after her husband had a heart attack in 2011.
She could not get through and later discovered that TPG had cut off access to the emergency service number because her phone bill was in arrears.
Her husband died three days later.
An investigation by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) revealed there had been another 193 failed emergency calls from 100 home phones.
ACMA said TPG failed to ensure the service was available to nearly 6,000 telephone services.
It is the first time a phone company has been prosecuted under the Telecommunications Act, which makes it mandatory for them to maintain access to emergency calls.
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