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Watch this space: Sector waits on new govt policies

The Australian government has agreed to only a handful of the 38 space industry development recommendations it received a year ago, resisting calls to provide more specific funding to...

Govt mulls widening of Big Tech news code

A review of Australia’s media bargaining code has recommended the government investigate extending it to digital platforms other than Google and Facebook, and verify the value of the deals it...

Cybernetics and the future of policy: ANU school launches

After nearly two years, Professor Genevieve Bell has officially opened the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, which she hopes will encourage systems-based approaches to policy making. After an...

Lobby-linked govt tech contracts probe widens

Former minister Stuart Robert put “pressure” on public servants on Thursday morning over his involvement in an emerging lobbying scandal, Government Services minister Bill Shorten has alleged. The allegation,...

Economic Accelerator bill returns to Parliament

Education minister Jason Clare has re-introduced legislation drafted by the former government to advance Australia’s Economic Accelerator, which will bring about more grants for commercialisation and industry-led postgraduate research....

ACCC flags challenge to Cochlear buy on innovation grounds

The competition regulator is warning Coclear’s plan to buy its closest competitor will lessen competition and innovation in “the already highly concentrated” hearing device market. The scrutiny comes as...

Privacy watchdog opens investigation into Medibank breach

Australia’s privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into the Medibank data breach that compromised the personal details of 9.7 million customers, on the same day the would-be hackers posted...

New carbon credits legislation enters Parliament

Legislation to introduce safeguard mechanism carbon credits was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday, with only minor changes made to the laws since public consultation. Once introduced, the safeguard mechanism...

Australia cautions US over hydrogen market distortion

The Australian government is calling on the United States to make assurances that green hydrogen production tax credits, legislated through the Inflation Reduction Act, will not distort the global...

NSW govt technology chief steps down to lead Service NSW

New South Wales’ long-serving government chief information and digital officer Greg Wells will step down to become the new chief executive at service delivery agency Service NSW. Mr Wells,...

Carbon Revolution plan to leave ASX, list in the US

Just months after being given a $12 million Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant from the federal government, carbon fibre wheel maker Carbon Revolution has been acquired by a US company...

Cops used hacking powers six times in first year

Law enforcement agencies were issued six warrants to covertly monitor and alter suspects’ data last year, marking the first use of controversial hacking powers. The new warrants allow the...

Technical skills are not enough for sustained innovation

Technology-oriented businesses, be they startups, high-growth, or mature, require a mix of skills to succeed and prosper. Moreover, the required skills mix will evolve and change at various stages...