Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Labor pledges funding for AI centre

    A federal Labor government will spend $3 million to help launch a National Centre of AI Excellence.

    30 July 18 16:26 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Call for NBN corporate plan to be audited

    Labor has requested the auditor-general scrutinise NBN’s corporate plan in the wake of an S&P analysis of the National Broadband Network that argued a write-down of the network “appears inevitable”.

    27 July 18 11:02 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Parliamentary Library pulls article on police access to My Health Record data

    The Parliamentary Library has temporarily taken down an article that argued provisions in the legislation that governs law enforcement access to the My Health Record system represent “a significant reduction in the legal threshold for the release of private medical information to law enforcement”.

    26 July 18 15:33 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • AMA president seeks clarity over My Health Record access

    Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone says that he has received written undertakings from health minister Greg Hunt and the Department of Health that an individual’s My Health Record data will not be accessed by law enforcement agencies in the absence of a court order.

    25 July 18 16:18 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • S&P analysis raises prospect of NBN write-down

    An analysis of Australia’s NBN rollout released by S&P Global Ratings has raised the prospect of a potential write-down of the value of the new network.

    25 July 18 15:13 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Queensland seeks defence industry cyber boost

    The Queensland government is eyeing opportunities for the local defence sector to take advantage of the increased importance of cyber security, appointing the former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre as a strategic advisor.

    25 July 18 14:03 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government close to finishing rewrite of Radcomms Act: Fifield

    The government is in the “final stages” of rewriting the key legislation that governs the allocation and use of wireless spectrum in Australia, communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield said this morning.

    25 July 18 13:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Australian government ‘drunk on surveillance’

    Bipartisan attacks on privacy in the name of law enforcement and national security are an indication that Australia is abdicating its commitment to human rights, according to Brett Solomon.

    25 July 18 06:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Vic mega-department creates CISO role

    Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources — which spans 14 portfolios and has nine ministers — is seeking to fill a newly created chief information security officer (CISO) role.

    23 July 18 17:20 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Why Australia has an opportunity to lead the way on AI regulation

    We are on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution with advances in AI continuing at a rapid pace. Yet despite its promise, Australian businesses are hesitating to embrace AI, fuelled by misunderstandings and misapprehensions. These have only been exacerbated by the recent headlines of misuse of personal data by tech giants.

    19 July 18 09:46 Written by Richard Kimber, CEO and co-founder, Daisee