News & Analysis

The Morrison government is looking to extend JobKeeper this week to avoid September’s economic cliff

- July 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

The government is set to continue a revamped and re-targeted wage subsidy when it delivers its Thursday economic statement amid massive uncertainty about the trajectory of COVID-19 in the two largest states. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on Sunday said JobKeeper would be extended but with changes. “There will be some adjustments to the scheme to… Read more »

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Hackers are targeting Australia: Scott Morrison flags ‘state-based’ attacks – and it all points to China

- June 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australian organisations are currently being targeted by “a sophisticated state-based cyber actor” in a media conference that appears to escalate the ongoing war of words with China. “This activity is targeting Australian organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers… Read more »

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Space startups and researchers score $11 million in government grants

- June 17, 2020 2 MIN READ

  Australian space startups and university researchers working on everything from astronaut virtual realise training to better spacesuit and AI-based avatar crews to test systems have been granted a total of $11 million in funding from the Australian government. Industry, science and technology minister Karen Andrews said the 10 projects sharing in $11 million would… Read more »

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This healthtech founder says being worried about the government’s coronavirus app tracing you is ‘absurd’ in the Google & Facebook era

- April 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

The founder of a health data analytics startup says it’s “absurd” for people to worry about the government tracking people on its new coronavirus app, when so many already give away their location data to international tech giants such as Facebook and Google. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt released the voluntary… Read more »

Opinion

The Australian government looks set to end the free ride on local media by Google and Facebook

- April 20, 2020 3 MIN READ

Digital platforms such as Google and Facebook will be forced to compensate news media companies for using their content, under a new mandatory code to be drawn up by Australia’s competition watchdog. The announcement, made by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today, follows last year’s landmark report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which found… Read more »

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Getting paid has turned into a massive $776 billion problem for small business that’s getting worse due to covid-19

- April 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

The time taken to pay small businesses has blown out in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, leading to the SME sector to call for federal legislation to ensure they can manage their cash flow effectively. Research commissioned by financial services firm Scottish Pacific found businesses with an annual revenue of $1-10 million have been… Read more »

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The Australian government advises people to avoid mass gatherings ‘from Monday’

- March 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime minister Scott Morrison says the government will advise against mass gatherings of 500 or more people in an effort to stem the transmission of coronavirus, with the advice coming into effect from Monday. Morrison announced the policy following a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Western Sydney on Friday. Earlier in… Read more »

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Freelancer’s Matt Barrie thinks the government’s planned cash ban is all about preparing for negative interest rates

- December 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

Freelancer boss Matt Barrie sees sinister motives behind the Morrison government’s plan to ban cash payments greater than $10,000, believing it’s part of a plan to end the cash economy altogether. In a detailed submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics inquiry into the proposal to ban large cash payments, Barrie says the move… Read more »

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Australia’s Attorney-General says social media should be held as legally accountable as publishers

- November 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms should be treated as publishers, Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter believes, making them potentially liable for any defamatory comments published on the sites. The country’s senior lawmaker’s view is that “the playing field is not at all fair at the moment” for traditional media companies when it comes to… Read more »