10 Feb 2021

China’s Coal War With Australia Fuels Shortage at Home

China’s ban on Australian coal imports has caused troubles at home as the Chinese coal market enters into a crisis of surging prices, supply shortages, and flawed policy goals. A cold winter threatens to push the countries’ issues into a deeper state as the two quarrels over a diplomatic brawl

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18 Jan 2021

Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

According to Australian Health Secretary Brendan Murphy, the country is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021, despite plans to distribute vaccines to residents. Murphy’s comments have dampened hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country may resume by July. Dr. Murphy’s expertise was a driving

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14 Jan 2021

Australian Home Affairs Minister takes issue with EU Electronic Communications Code

On December 21, 2020, a new communications code was introduced in the European Union with hopes of harmonising the legal framework for electronic communications. However, the Australian government and governments from Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US have unveiled undesired, unintended consequences of the new code. The code

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26 Oct 2020

Australia’s coronavirus epicenter records no new cases as the US and Western Europe struggle to contain the pandemic

This week, Melbourne will be rid of its harsh lockdown measures after it became the epicenter of Australia’s COVID-19 epidemic. On Sunday, the Victoria state health department reported no new cases or deaths due to the infectious virus for the first time in over four months. Although restrictions on the

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19 Aug 2020

Australia secures deal for potential Covid-19 vaccine, will provide it free to all citizens

Australi and drugmaker AstraZeneca has entered a deal in which Australi will provide a COVID-19 vaccine free to its entire population should the developing vaccine clear all necessary trials. AstraZeneca is currently working on the vaccine in partnership with Oxford University and has recently entered into the advanced trial period,

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15 Jul 2020

Countries reimpose restrictions to curb virus resurgence

Across the world, renewed outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus have prompted officials to reinstate health restrictions and preventative measures at their borders in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly pandemic again. In Greece, border security was tightened following an increase in tourism-related COVID-19 cases. As of this

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09 Jul 2020

UK and Australian Information Commissioners to investigate Clearview AI

Today, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) announced that they planned to team up in an investigation into Clearview AI, following the lead of several other entities suspicious of the biometric software’s data storage practices. Earlier this year, the OAIC demanded answers

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06 Jul 2020

Australia to seal off 6.6 million people in virus-hit state as outbreak worsens

Australia has announced plans to isolate 6.6 million residents in the state of Victoria from the rest of the nation following an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the region. Australian authorities’ plans show drastic and immediate action after cases were recorded in the city of Melbourne. The border between

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29 Jun 2020

Chinese malware used in attacks against Australian orgs

Last week, the Australian government released an advisory warning to residents of increased cyber activity from a state actor targeting Australian agencies and companies. The attacks have been conducted by sophisticated adversaries that utilize a proof-of-concept exploit code. Experts have drawn connections between the attacks and Chinese hackers, unofficially directing

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19 Jun 2020

Sophisticated State-Backed Attack Rocks Australia

Today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned of a high threat state-sponsored cyber espionage campaign targeting both the government and private sector within the country. Morrison urged domestic organizations to improve their security practices such as enabling multi-factor authentication and installing released patches immediately. Morrison also stated that the threatening

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