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Aust-US ties on science and tech bolstered

Australia and the United States have moved to strengthened their history of collaboration through a senior-level dialogue on science and frontier technologies led by Industry Minister Karen Andrews. Minister...

Larry Marshall: ‘History will judge us’

At a time when public trust in science is on the rise, CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has issued a clarion call to Australia to rally around a set...

Tech companies spared from new FIRB test

Most tech companies may be spared from the strict new foreign investment national security test rules, with the government releasing draft legislation on the significant reforms. The federal government...

DTA boosts COVID digital comms team

The Digital Transformation Agency is expanding its COVID-19 response team as part of a wave of new hirings for the government’s digital office, which has battled high levels of...

Impunity to fight cyber attacks: New laws

Private companies running nationally significant systems will be given legal impunity to fight cyber threats, while the federal government will be allowed to take control of these companies in...

COVID turmoil drives cyber threats: Verizon

Supplementary research undertaken in the months since the release of Verizon’s authoritative Data Breach Investigations Report has put a spotlight on what anecdotally we already knew too well –...

Govt seeks input on mass vaccine capability

The federal government has put out a nationwide call to local manufacturers seeking information as part of preparation to produce future vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 at scale. The...

NSW to launch its own contact trace app

New South Wales will soon have its own contact tracing app with the state government trialling a new function on its digital licence to enable venue-based tracing that will...

Cyber strategy a big miss for local industry

The government’s $1.7 billion cybersecurity strategy’s lack of focus on the local industry is “frustrating” and a “wasted opportunity”, according to CyRise chief executive Scott Handsaker. The strategy was...

Lost children of the digital revolution

In 2008 – the year that the first round of “Service Delivery Reform” was getting underway – my daughter had her first baby. The bureaucracy would come to call...

ATO confirms R&D tax claw-back plan

More than a quarter of companies claiming the research and development tax incentive this quarter may have some of their offset clawed back if the government pushes ahead with...

Labor demands AFP answers on encryption

Australian law enforcement agencies are yet to use the coercive anti-encryption powers handed to them nearly two years ago, with Labor MPs questioning whether they are necessary at all....

Baseline metrics needed for cyber strategy

Late last week (August 6), the Department of Home Affairs finally released the much anticipated Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020. It follows hot on the heels of the industry...

Cyber strategy a missed local opportunity

If anyone were waiting on the Australian Government Cyber Security Strategy 2020 to include a set of industry policies that would help grow the local cyber security sector, they...