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Unsent text accepted as dead man's will by Australian court

A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “all that I have” to his brother and nephew. The message was found in the drafts folder on the man’s phone after he took his own life last year . Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicated that the man intended it to act as his will. In the…

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No, that Yes campaign text message was not invasive

Like millions of others, I received an SMS at the weekend from the “Yes” campaign for the marriage ballot. It said: “The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived! Help make history and vote YES for a fairer Australia.” The text message sent to thousands of Australians on Saturday have caused “faux” outrage.  These SMSs, which were properly authorised on a site to which the message was linked, have become an issue in themselves, but the outrage that’s been generated is surely faux. Acting Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann on Tuesday said…

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