Covid-19

4 numbers to keep an eye on if you’re trying to predict when the Omicron Covid wave will end

- January 18, 2022 4 MIN READ

Before Australia’s recent changes to COVID testing, working out when we reached the peak of cases was, in principal, straightforward. We looked at the numbers of new daily cases, diagnosed via PCR. From there, we worked out a range of other key indicators related to COVID spread, testing and hospitalisation – each dependent on those… Read more »

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The Australian government just gave video games developers a $20 million boost

- December 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

There was some good news buried in the headline numbers of the federal government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) for Australia’s video gaming industry. The upbeat MYEFO forecasts have the combined deficits over the coming four years to FY25 falling by $2.3 on the May budget forecast to $342.4 billion. The FY22 deficit has… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

CRYPTOPIA: Australian government unveils major payments reforms to embrace cryptocurrencies and digital assets

- December 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Australian Government is looking to embrace cryptocurrency and digital assets with federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg announcing plans to  investigate the feasibility of a Central Bank digital currency, as well as the existential fintech terror of de-banking. Speaking at the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Frydenberg said his plans “were most significant reforms to… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

Day of the DAO: Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s ambitious plan for payments and digital assets reform

- December 8, 2021 6 MIN READ

We are in the midst of a digital revolution. COVID has accelerated and changed the way Australians and businesses engage with digital technologies. And many new and innovative technologies are emerging throughout the economy, impacting every part of our lives. Nowhere is this digital disruption playing out faster than in the payments and crypto-asset sectors.… Read more »

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Australian MPs are looking at the impact of Big Tech on mental health

- December 1, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Morrison government is setting up a parliamentary inquiry to put big tech companies “under the microscope” over dangers posed to people’s wellbeing by toxic material on their sites. In its latest strike against big tech, Scott Morrison said the move built on the weekend announcement that the government would legislate “to unmask anonymous online… Read more »

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Planned ‘anti-troll’ laws do nothing for most victims of online abuse

- November 30, 2021 3 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Michaelia Cash announced proposed new legislation aimed at making online “trolls” accountable for their actions on Sunday. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard Morrison decry trolls as “cowardly” and “un-Australian”, language that made it into the talking points at yesterday’s media conference. But is his new-found concern about… Read more »

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For whom the bell trolls: Morrison government plots social media crackdown against anonymous users

- November 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites could be legally liable for defamatory posts made by users unless the tech companies out the person responsible under new laws proposed by the Australian government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the proposed changes to defamation law for social media platforms on Sunday. The changes will redefine the… Read more »

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Australia ramps up quantum computing focus with $70 million commercialisation hub

- November 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Morrison Government’s increased focus on technology took another step up today with $111 million allocated to quantum technologies. The investment includes $70 million over 10 years for the Quantum Commercialisation Hub to foster strategic partnerships with other nations to commercialise Australia’s quantum research. The announcement came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison released its Blueprint… Read more »

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The Australian government is putting $500 million in to low emissions investment – and wants the private sector to match it

- November 10, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian government is hoping the private sector’s appetite for investment in climate change tech will make it want to partner with the Commonwealth in a $1 billion commercialisation fund to develop new low emissions technologies. The government is chipping in $500 million for the fund, to be run by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation… Read more »

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News & Analysis

The Morrison government’s new EV policy avoids subsides and an end date for petrol vehicles

- November 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

After demonising Labor’s policy on electric cars before the 2019 election, the federal government has put electric vehicles at the centre of a new “Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy” to be released by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday. The policy puts another A$178 million into the government’s future fuels fund, bringing it to $250… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

Senator Andrew Bragg: ‘We’ll see reform within 12 months’ on cryptocurrencies

- November 3, 2021 4 MIN READ

Since its inception, cryptocurrency has largely been left to its own devices. Investors have made money, and communities have been built through a shared passion for the innovative sector. So when I was assigned the role of chair of the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, I assumed there would… Read more »

Global tech

Australia’s competition regulator wants to put an end to Google’s dominance as a search engine

- October 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to end Google’s reign as the default search engine for Australians, saying its dominance has likely “stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice”. The consumer watchdog released the interim report of its Digital Platform Services Inquiry on Thursday and has taken aim at Google for penning deals to ensure its Search… Read more »

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The Australian government wants to expand its digital ID system. Here are several things in the plan you should be concerned about

- October 27, 2021 4 MIN READ

The federal government has been asking the public for feedback on proposed legislation to create a “trusted digital identity” system. The aim is for Australians to use it to prove their identity when accessing public services. I first found out about the draft Trusted Digital Identity Bill not through my research at the intersection of… Read more »

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The Australian government is going after social media companies with $10 million fines for privacy breaches

- October 26, 2021 3 MIN READ

The government is getting ready to hand out $10 million fines for companies mismanaging user information with new legislation targeting social media companies. A draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 – or the Online Privacy Bill for short – was circulated on Monday. The bill aims to… Read more »