Digital developments from Canberra 57

The government’s Identity Verification Service is back on the agenda, along with new regulations for digital wallets. The National Anti-Corruption Commission reports on its first 100 days. And the head of ASIO reminds us that “words matter”.

Here’s what I’ve noticed since the previous edition on 6 October, just a few nuggets among the deluge of stories about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum and the Israel-Hamas war.

Please let me know if I’ve missed anything, or if there’s any specific items you’d like me to follow.

Parliament returns this coming Monday 16 October, so expect a lot next week. We already have the draft legislative program for the Senate and the House of Representatives.

I note that on Tuesday we’re going to see debate on the Identity Verification Services Bill 2023 and the Identity Verification Services (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023 now that they’re back from committee review, although we haven’t seen their report yet. In case you’re not familiar with the jargon, the first bill is the main new thing, and Consequential Amendments are the changes that will have to be made to various existing laws to make everything fit together.

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[Photo: The head of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, commissioner Paul Brereton.]