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‘Urgent’ reform needed on electric trucks in Australia

A series of “urgent” reforms are needed to encourage the use of electric trucks in Australia and bring the country into line with much of the rest of the world, with a swift transition to have a “truly massive” impact, according to transport groups. The Electric Vehicle Council and

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Experts call for space science boost and Australian-owned satellites

Australia is completely reliant on data from foreign-owned satellites for its weather forecasting, resource and water management and disaster response and this is creating a “sovereign risk”, according to leading scientists. In a new plan for Australian space science released Thursday, scientists say the risk must be addressed over

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Privacy watchdog to take on more strategic, proactive role

Australia’s privacy watchdog wants to adopt a more strategic and proactive role as part of sweeping reforms to the Privacy Act, calling for more resourcing and powers as part of this process. In its submission to government, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) also backed calls to

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Experts who recommended research grants condemn minister’s veto

The experts who recommended funding for research projects that were later blocked by the acting Education minister late last year have condemned the intervention, warning it “undermines” the independent assessment process and weakens public trust. On Wednesday an open letter signed by 139 current and former members of the

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Australia’s online safety reform ‘not worthy of its name’

The federal government’s online safety laws and the eSafety Commissioner are “woefully inadequate”, and planned reforms will do nothing to help those most impacted from online harms, according to University of Western Australia research associate Noelle Martin. Ms Martin, who was the WA Australian of the Year in 2019,

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In search of a new model for Uni research funding

As custodians of our taxes, the Commonwealth government should be aiming to get the best return for the nation from expenditure on our public Universities. While the most recent decision by Minister Robert resulted in questions of ‘political interference’, the whole process is fundamentally flawed. The release of the

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