This week, after two and a half years, the government finally responded to an inquiry into telco data retention. There’s also science, esafety, an inquiry into the Australian business registers, and more.
Here are the digital developments from Canberra I’ve noticed since the previous edition on 19 February.
- We finally have the government response to the Senate review of the mandatory data retention regime, the report of said review having been published way back in October 2020. No rush. The recommendations are mostly about closing loopholes and greater oversight.
- Last week I mentioned that the eSafety Commissioner had told the associations for online industries to rewrite their draft esafety codes. Well, here are those draft codes and the commissioner’s responses.
- Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic has announced a national conversation on Australia’s science priorities. Submissions close 31 March.
- “Former Service NSW chief executive Damon Rees will lead the federal government’s independent review of the modernising business registers program, which Treasury estimates will cost $1 billion more than was budgeted by the Coalition.”
- “Critical infrastructure operators could face a collective regulatory burden of $1 billion each year following the commencement of the final tranche of obligations under the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act.”
- From Australian National University, Foreign interference in Australia: an address by Home Affairs Minister the Hon Clare O’Neil MP, followed by a Q&A.
Please let me know if I’ve missed anything, or if there’s any specific items you’d like me to follow.
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[Photo: Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant.]