China accuses Australia of discriminating against Huawei | Australia news

The Australian government’s ban on Huawei’s participation in building the nation’s 5G network remains a “sore point or thorny issue” between the two countries, the Chinese ambassador said on Monday, as he criticised the government for discriminating against a Chinese company. Cheng Jingye dismissed concerns Huawei may pose a threat Continue Reading

Human rights groups call on Scott Morrison to confront Trump over landmines | Australia news

America’s decision to allow the use of anti-personnel landmines is a dangerous and retrograde step that will endanger thousands of lives, including those of children, and should be publicly condemned by Australia, a coalition of human rights and arms control organisations has told the prime minister. The Australian Arms Control Continue Reading

Australian consumer watchdog to examine anti-competitive behaviour by Google and Facebook | Australia news

The competition watchdog will conduct two new inquiries into possible anti-competitive behaviour by digital platforms such as Facebook and Google, and services allowing online advertisers to target Australian internet users. The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has instructed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to begin the new inquiries as part of Continue Reading

Web browsing histories are being given to Australian police under data retention powers | World news

Law enforcement agencies are being provided with the web browsing histories of people under investigation using mandatory data retention powers, despite the federal government specifically excluding that practice in the legislation, the commonwealth ombudsman has warned. When the Coalition government passed mandatory data retention laws in 2015, the legislation explicitly Continue Reading

Australian government secretly releasing sensitive medical records to police | World news

The Australian government is releasing highly sensitive medical records to police through a secret regime that experts say contains fundamentally flawed privacy protections. The Department of Human Services fields large volumes of requests for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data from state and federal policing agencies Continue Reading

Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest | Australia news- Tempemail

Friends and opponents alike have expressed their grief after the death of Wilson Gavin, the leader of a rightwing student club at the University of Queensland, who died one day after leading a protest at a drag queen storytime event in a Brisbane library. Gavin, the president of the university’s Continue Reading

From iSnack2.0 to Tony Abbott’s onions: the best Australian memes of the decade | Australia news- Tempemail

It was at the Happy Dogz grooming salon, 10 minutes from Wet’n’Wild on the Gold Coast, 60km from Brisbane, that the two dogs, both Yorkshire terriers, were dropped off. As they were preened and patted, how could Pistol and Boo know that, within hours, they would be threatened with execution Continue Reading

Australian teens turn to TikTok to mock PM over Hawaii holiday during fire crisis | Australia news- Tempemail

Young Australians on social media are mocking Scott Morrison and expressing their anger over his six-day holiday to Hawaii during Australia’s bushfire crisis. Morrison returned to work on Sunday, cutting his personal family holiday short by a day, after transferring responsibilities to the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, last Monday. Continue Reading

Google to pay $481.5m in major win for Australian Tax Office | Australia news

The search engine giant Google has agreed to pay $481.5m to the Australian Tax Office in a major win for the agency in its battle to force big technology companies to pay tax in Australia. The settlement, which covers a decade’s worth of tax between 2008 and 2018, will also Continue Reading

The government must make sure technology serves public interest. The alternative is a libertarian free-for-all | Peter Lewis | Australia news- Tempemail

Falling levels of trust in our public institutions have become the backing track for the demise of the progressive political project and the rise of populist strongmen who promise to take back control. Government becomes a problem to be solved, a “bubble”, a “swamp” of compromised technocrats and bean-counters operating Continue Reading