Earth’s movement demands correction

Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham has introduced legislation into Parliament to change the “reference frame” for location information used in natural resources and transport legislation.

And he’s doing it, literally because the earth’s crust has moved.

“Currently we are using reference point data from 1994 and by next year, Australia will have moved about 1.8 metres to the north-east since those points were set,” he said.

“We rely on location information in many ways from getting to places using our smartphones to running automated technology remotely, such as driverless cars and tractors, mining equipment and drones.

“The practical effect of this legislation is that location information like GPS will be spot on, once again.”

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