Digital developments from Canberra 64

Mike Pezzullo was sacked, digital ID legislation was tabled, another Optus inquiry was launched, and all manner of reports were published. Parliament is tidying up the loose ends as Christmas looms.

Here’s what I’ve noticed since the previous edition on 24 November.

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

Unless something changes, the Senate is sitting Monday to Thursday next week, with the House of Reps also sitting on Thursday to finish off parliamentary business for 2023.

Here’s the draft legislative program for the Senate. The schedule includes the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Credit and Other Measures) Bill 2023, the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Prohibited Hate Symbols and Other Measures) Bill 2023, the Identity Verification Services Bill 2023 and its companion bill, and the Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2022.

There will doubtless then be a flurry of departmental consultations with deadlines in January. I’m sure this isn’t deliberate tactic to make it difficult for organisations to respond over the summer holidays.

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[Photo: Disgraced and now sacked home affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo.]