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Thursday, 28 May 2015 00:00

What does it mean to be 'Australian'?

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Life Education's bCyberwise programme

I was pleased to have the opportunity today to see Life Education’s new cybersafety programme, bCyberwise, in action at Roseville Public School in my electorate.

Tonight’s budget reply speech is a big test for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the Labor Party. 

When it comes to the task of repairing the federal budget, it is hard to take Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen seriously.

It is hard to imagine that as a society we could increase our reliance on mobile communications.

Are citizens interested in getting access to government data and information online?  The evidence suggests that they are – and increasingly so.

It didn’t get a lot of media attention, but this week the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014 passed the Senate.   

It is very odd that Bill Shorten is today criticising the Coalition’s measures to protect children against cyberbullying, contained in the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act - which passed the parliament last week with bipartisan support.

According to a story in today’s Daily Telegraph online, Labor leader Bill Shorten claims that the Coalition has ‘shelved’ or ‘junked’ the measures we promised before the 2013 election.

Our promise was to implement an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get material targeted at and harmful to an Australian child, down quickly from large social media sites.

The Act which has just been passed delivers on our promise and establishes this system – and sets up the new office of the Children’s E-Safety Commissioner.

A highly contentious issue in the Australian broadband debate has been the choice of technologies.  The previous Labor government wanted to build fibre to the premises (FTTP) to every home in the fixed line footprint.   Some advocates make the case for this approach with almost religious fervour.

By contrast the Abbott Government believes a more rational strategy is to use a mix of technologies including cable (the HFC networks originally built for pay television) and fibre to the node (FTTN).  The NBN Strategic Review, conducted once the Coalition came to power in late 2013, identified a preferred scenario involving 44% FTTN, 30% HFC and 26% FTTP.

This week we saw a very significant statement from Twitter – acknowledging that Twitter needs to do more to combat abuse, trolling and cyberbullying on the platform.

In a company memo, the CEO reportedly put his thoughts quite bluntly: “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years”.

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