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Steam Vs. Australia: Valve Fined $3 Million For Failing To Give Refunds To Australian Steam Users

International Business Times

The annual Steam winter sale is under way, and the company has additional motivation to sell as many games as possible following a court ruling in Australia that has saddled the service's parent company with a $3 million fine for refusing refunds to gamers, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald. Valve Corporation, the company behind the popular Steam digital distribution platform, was hit with the maximum fine requested by Australia's competition regulator after the nation's Federal Court found Steam to be in breach of Australian consumer laws. Steam was found to be ignoring requests for refunds from Australian consumers who purchased games over the platform. According to a court ruling issued in May, Steam told its Australian users they were not entitled to a refund and weren't subject to minimum quality guarantees. Justice James Edelman of Australia's Federal Court indicated Steam had received 21,124 tickets containing the word "refund" from Australian IP addresses, many of which went ignored or unfulfilled.


Australian State Takes Step Toward Legalizing Euthanasia

U.S. News

Australia's sparsely populated Northern Territory in 1995 became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. But the Australian Parliament overturned that law in 1997 after four people had been helped to die. The Australian Parliament does not have the same power to repeal the laws of states such as Victoria.


How to make Australian trolls angry: Tell them their country isn't real

Mashable

Find it difficult to tell when something on the internet is a joke? Maybe don't fly into an abusive rage. "It's a hoax, made for us to believe that Britain moved over their criminals to someplace," she wrote in her original post on Tuesday. "All things you call'proof' are actually well fabricated lies and documents made by the leading governments of the world. They're all actors and computer generated personas, part of the plot to trick the world."


China Challenged Australian Warships in South China Sea: Australian Media

U.S. News

The Australian navy ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success are on a three-month deployment in South East Asia, which will involve exercises with a number of countries in the region, the Defence Department said in a separate statement on April 17.


Shark bites off Australian surfer's leg

BBC News

A surfer is in a critical condition after a shark bit off his leg at a beach in Western Australia. Ben Gerring, 29, was in the water near Mandurah, south of Perth, when the attack occurred. The attack occurred at around 16:00 local time (07:00 GMT), according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Local media reports said Mr Gerring was resuscitated before he was taken to hospital. He has undergone surgery and remains in a critical condition. "He was right out the back looking to get a big wave, one of the set waves that had been coming through during the day," Brian Williams, president of the Mandurah Boardriders Club and friend of the victim, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.