We now know that some the people responsible for robodebt might face a corruption inquiry, and that ChatGPT is being used for stupid things. Also, SAP is expensive but hey we also knew that.
Here’s what I noticed since the previous edition on 19 May:
- From Rick Morton at The Saturday Paper, Exclusive: Robo-debt findings delayed to allow NACC referrals. “Commissioner Catherine Holmes has written to the attorney-general to ask that her findings be delivered after the National Anti-Corruption Commission is operational, so she can make direct referrals.” We knew about the delay on 12 May but had been told by press release it was for “administrative reasons”. Snerk.
- “Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grants is ‘very close’ to a decision on whether the online safety codes that have been developed by local tech industry associations will be accepted.”
- “Australian jobseekers told to use ChatGPT to apply for jobs and shown irrelevant videos,” reports the Guardian. “The jobseekers were also shown a motivational video from a YouTube channel called ‘Law of Attraction Coaching’, which appears to promote the pseudoscience beliefs of the same name. The video did not make reference to the ‘Law of Attraction’”’ and simply included a montage of motivational speeches and quotations.”
- ‘Sunk costs’: Parliament’s SAP build now too complex, costly to change.
- Brendan Dowling takes over as Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology from Dr Tobias Feakin.
- The newly-introduced Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2023 [No. 2] is a second go at the anti-Nazi thing.
Please let me know if I’ve missed anything, or if there’s any specific items you’d like me to follow. The House of Representatives is back on Tuesday, while the Senate is busy with the Estimates committees for another week.
[Photo: Robodebt royal commissioner Catherine Holmes.]