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  • Access to and retention of internet 'metadata'

    Posted 18/08/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    On 5 August 2014, the Government announced its intention to update Australia’s telecommunication interception laws. This is part of broader efforts to enhance powers available to security agencies ‘to combat home-grown terrorism and Australians who participate in terrorist activities overseas’. This includes developing a mandatory ‘metadata’ retention system.

    Whilst having a period of mandatory metadata retention would be new, the collection of metadata by telecommunications companies and government access to it is not new and is governed by the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA).  Whilst the need for such a scheme was linked to combating terrorism, it is worth noting that Australian and European experience suggests that the most common law enforcement use of metadata will be in non-terrorism criminal cases.

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    TAGS: ASIO, Law Enforcement, Australian Federal Police, Australian Secret Intelligence Service, intelligence community

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  • The Islamic Caliphate and Australia

    Posted 25/07/2014 by Wendy Bruere

    In June 2014, the Islamic State (IS) declared an Islamic Caliphate spanning the area from Syria’s Aleppo governorate in the west, to Iraq’s province of Diyala in the east. The area under IS control now covers up to one third of Iraq, including the city of Mosul, which previously had a strong Christian community, but who have now mostly been forced to flee.

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    TAGS: Middle East, terrorism, terrorist groups, United Nations, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

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  • Australia’s WTO plain cigarette packaging case: an update

    Posted 8/07/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    Australia is a respondent in five World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes regarding the introduction of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (TPPA). The disputes were commenced by Ukraine, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Indonesia (the Applicants).

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    TAGS: World Trade Organization, Australia, public health, smoking, plain packaging, tobacco, cigarettes

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  • The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013—consequential amendments

    Posted 25/06/2014 by Philip Hamilton

    On 1 July 2014, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act) will implement a new financial management framework for the Commonwealth and Commonwealth entities. However, implementation of the PGPA framework requires the enactment of five Bills in June. The first of these was passed on 19 June 2014. The remaining four consequential and transitional Bills were introduced on 24 June and passed by the House of Representatives on 25 June.

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    TAGS: accountability, Australian Public Service, governance, public service reform, federal budget

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  • WTO rules Chinese rare earth minerals export limits breach the GATT 1994

    Posted 19/06/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    In March 2014 a Panel established by the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that export controls on rare earth mineral put in place by China contravened the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT).

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    TAGS: World Trade Organization, China, Australia, United States

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  • Amendments to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

    Posted 2/06/2014 by Philip Hamilton

    Since the report of the National Commission of Audit and the handing down of the government’s Budget 2014‒15, media coverage has highlighted measures that will reduce the number of government bodies and the number of public servants. Less well-known is that, from 1 July 2014, the financial and reporting framework applicable to government bodies will undergo its most comprehensive overhaul since 1998.

    The foundation of the new framework is the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act), which must come into effect on 1 July 2014, replacing the the FMA Act and the the CAC Act. However, implementation of the PGPA framework from 1 July will require the enactment in June of five bills for the purposes of: minor amendments; transitional and consequential provisions; and appropriation modifications.

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    TAGS: accountability, Australian Public Service, governance, public service reform

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  • Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013

    Posted 1/05/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment, unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios.

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    TAGS: youth, regional unemployment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force, statistics,

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  • Public Service Amendment (Employment for all of us) Bill 2014

    Posted 28/02/2014 by Deirdre McKeown

    On 26 February 2014, Greens member Adam Bandt introduced a private members’ bill to deal with ‘the high unemployment and underemployment rates amongst people from two very important groups in our society … people from non-English speaking backgrounds, and … Australians with a disability’. This fulfilled a 2013 election commitment by the Australian Greens that ‘workplaces should reflect the diversity of Australian society and that everyone should have equal access to meaningful paid employment’.

    The Public Service Amendment (Employment for all of us) Bill 2014 ‘requires the Australian Public Service (APS) to double the number of employees from each group within five years’. The Bill leaves the means of achieving these targets to the Public Service Commissioner to determine but requires the Commissioner to issue a written direction to double the number of APS employees in these two groups that exist at 1 July 2014 by 1 July 2019. The Bill also amends section 7 of the Public Service Act 1999 to give the term disability the same meaning as set out in s. 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

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    TAGS: Australian Public Service

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  • ALRC report released: Copyright and the Digital Economy

    Posted 20/02/2014 by Mary Anne Neilsen

    Thursday 13 February 2014 saw the release of the much anticipated Australian Law Reform Commission final report for its inquiry, Copyright and the Digital Economy.

    The report follows a complex and ambitious 18 month inquiry in which the ALRC was asked to consider whether current copyright exceptions are adequate and appropriate in the digital era. The inquiry attracted strong interest— receiving over 870 submissions— and considered a broad range of topics from caching and indexing; to cloud computing; online use for social, private or domestic purposes; transformative use such as mash-ups or sampling in music; and retransmission of free-to-air broadcasts. The inquiry also looked at issues affecting libraries and cultural institutions such as preservation and digitisation, and contracting out of copyright exceptions.

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    TAGS: copyright, Australian Law Reform Commission

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  • Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013

    Posted 14/02/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release data on employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the quarterly publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being November 2013. Read more...

    TAGS: employment, industry, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force

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