Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • South Australia to leverage myGovID

    South Australia will use the federal government’s work on myGovID to make it easier to access services online, as part of an agreement struck last week by the two jurisdictions.

    10 Dec. 18 15:57 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • AustCyber calls for cool heads after encryption bill passed

    AustCyber – the government funded not-for-profit tasked with growing the Australian cyber security sector – has called for cool heads following the passage of the so-called encryption bill by parliament.

    07 Dec. 18 18:21 Written by George Nott
  • Encryption bill becomes law after Labor backdown

    The government was handed a last-minute victory yesterday, with opposition leader Bill Shorten and shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus scrapping plans to amend controversial encryption legislation.

    07 Dec. 18 09:20 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Well, shit.

    Government legislation intended to help police and national security agencies intercept online communications has today been passed by both houses of parliament.

    06 Dec. 18 20:23 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Details of compromise on encryption bill become clear

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has released an initial report on its scrutiny of the so-called encryption bill revealing details of the deal between the government and Labor that will see the controversial legislation pushed through the House of Representatives and Senate before parliament rises for the year.

    06 Dec. 18 09:20 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Free market failure: Call for government to fund better regional comms

    A government-commissioned review of the state of telecommunications in regional Australia has concluded that maximising economic opportunities in remote parts of the nation will require investing hundreds of millions of dollars in building new infrastructure.

    05 Dec. 18 12:38 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government, Labor compromise on encryption bill

    The government says it is confident that a version of a bill intended to help police and national security agencies intercept and access encrypted communications will be passed by the end of the week.

    04 Dec. 18 17:42 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO to change how it buys tech, CIO says

    The Australian Taxation Office’s chief information officer says the agency plans to split future IT contracts into “smaller, more specifically targeted bundles.”

    04 Dec. 18 12:59 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government knocks back Labor compromise on encryption bill

    The government has rejected a proposal by Labor to pass an “interim version” of a controversial bill designed to strengthen the ability of police and intelligence agencies to access encrypted communications services.

    30 Nov. 18 16:46 Written by Rohan Pearce
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