How to tax free speech and set coffee on fire

Facebook rolling out charges for messaging strangers

Facebook will start charging its users for the chance to message celebrities and strangers, with Australian prices yet to be confirmed.

The system is rolling out in the UK as an attempt to reduce spam with Facebook keeping revenue from the charges.

An LNP spokesperson has called the charges a 'tax on speech' and said an LNP government would instead subsidise spammers to stop offering penis enlargements.

Govt demands financial assurance to cover CSG land damage

The Queensland Government has released figures saying the land repair bill from coal seam gas could reach $600 million.

Santos GLNG called the amount 'appropriate' before earning twice as much in a freak rounding error.

Scientists sent to inspect the damage caused by CSG and LNG mining were hindered when the tap water in their coffee caught fire.

Mobile phone turns 40 with 29 million in use in Australia

The mobile phone had its 40th anniversary in Australia this week, with little noise made about the gadget's milestone.

Original mobile phones cost several grand, weighed a kilogram and had twenty minutes of battery life, while the latest of the 29 million mobiles in use weigh grams, cost a pittance and have twenty minutes of battery life.

A Nokia researcher says that having 29 million phones for 23 million people shows we've truly embraced our inability to make eye contact.

Court to hear oil rig workers paid $3 an hour

The Federal Court will hear allegations today that three men were allegedly hired by a Hong Kong-based company to work on the Woodside Petroleum-operated rig for $3 an hour.

The Fair Work Ombudsman released a statement asking mining companies to stop asking for the contact details of the Hong Kong company.

In publishing news, pre-orders are available for Gina Rinehart's new book "See, I told you so".

Internet and phone line hassles kill Gracemere cleaning firm

Gracemere business owner Rachael Inglis has had to shut up shop after her iiNet phone and internet connections failed and couldn't be fixed for months.

While Ms Inglis has had to put her equipment up for sale, iiNet has apologised saying that the issues were 'outside of our control'.

Infrastructure and phoneline owner Telstra was unable to comment over the sound of their own evil cackling.