This week the government released draft legislation for small business tax incentives including a Technology Investment Boost, the eSafety released a slab of documents relating to the Online Safety Act, and more.
Here’s what I’ve noticed this week.
- The Treasurer released exposure draft legislation for small business tax incentives, and announced public consultations for the two components, the Skills and Training Boost and the Technology Investment Boost. You have until 19 September to make your comments.
- The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee reported on the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022. The committee recommended that the government worked with the Queensland Family Responsibilities Commission to address certain concerns, but otherwise recommended that the bill be passed. This is scheduled to happen in the Senate on Thursday 8 September.
- The eSafety Commissioner released the eSafety Strategy 2022-25. For a quick but cynical look at what’s in it, read Justin Warren’s #tljr (too long; Justin reads), which I’ve also archived.
- On 1 September the eSafety Commissioner released the draft industry codes required by the Online Safety Act 2021. There’s a whole separate industry website where the draft Online Safety Codes are ready for your comments by 11pm AEST on 2 October 2022. As Justin Warren notes in a quick #tljr (archive), the codes are very funny (archive) and he finds them weird and hard to follow (archive).
- There’s a new 2022 Defence Information and Communications Technology Strategy which I haven’t yet found time to read. However The Mandarin reports that Defence shifts ICT and cyber posture from backrooms to single frontline.
- Ministerial Appointments and Departments of State. “This document explains the Departments of State that Ministers have been appointed to administer since the commencement of the Albanese Government.”
- The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has released a new Australian Symbols booklets and posters. Also, some children’s resources.
Please let me know if I’ve missed anything, or if there’s any specific items you’d like me to follow.
Parliament resumes on Monday 5 September, so we’re bound to see a flurry of activity next week. I plan to publish future posts in this series on Saturdays.