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Science policy options for the New World Order

For the first time in Australia’s history, its most significant partner for science collaboration will be a country other than America, according to a new ANU paper calling for a systematic review of Australia’s science system to adjust to the shift. The policy options paper, by director of the

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Defence urges bold new research collaborations

Australia’s chief defence scientist has urged Australian universities and researchers to partner with Defence to support Australia’s “bolder” defence posture, as the government questioned the value of its traditional investment in research. With a recent strategic update and an upcoming innovation strategy, the well-funded Defence has a “significantly increased

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Govt seeks foreign investment tech platform

The federal government has gone to the market for a tech provider to develop a new foreign investment IT platform to replace the existing system, which has “not kept pace” with demand. Treasury issued a tender in late March for the Foreign Investment Digital Transformation program, which will see

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Huawei ban to blame for icy relations: China

The Australian government’s “unethical” and “illegal” ban of China’s global technology brand Huawei had contributed significantly to the deterioration of relations between the two nations, a senior Chinese diplomat says. China’s deputy ambassador to Australia Wang Xining delivered a scathing rebuke of the federal government’s banning of Huawei from

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Victoria’s EV tax policy ‘worst in world’

A group of manufacturers and industry groups have slammed Victoria’s proposed tax on EV owners as the “worst electric vehicle policy in the world”, and called on the upper house to reject it. In a full page ad in The Age newspaper on Thursday, organisations including Uber, Hyundai, Volkswagen

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Govt flags ‘technology neutral’ law reforms

The government plans to introduce legislative reforms this year to make Australia’s laws “technology neutral” and make permanent many of the digital communications allowances introduced during the pandemic. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg unveiled the plans on Wednesday as part of the government’s “deregulation agenda”, the changes would confirm the validity

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CSIRO action and more cash for energy future

The federal government and CSIRO have announced new funding and new initiatives to drive research and investment in future energy systems. On Wednesday Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $540 million for clean hydrogen hubs in regional Australia and carbon capture, storage and utilisation projects and hubs. Today CSIRO revealed

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DFAT cyber engagement strategy launched

Australia has pledged $37.5 million to its regional neighbors to sure up their cyber defences and will seek to establish a new global agreement on responsible cyber behaviour as part of a new international engagement strategy launched on Wednesday. Labor has criticised the plan for being months behind schedule,

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