Intelligence review recommends new electronic surveillance Act for Australia

A review into Australia’s intelligence community has recommended comprehensive reform of electronic surveillance laws, one that would repeal existing powers and combine them to avoid duplication, contradictory definitions, and any further ad hoc amendments to the existing three Acts.

Electronic surveillance powers enable agencies to use electronic or technical means, which would otherwise be unlawful, to covertly listen to a person’s conversations, access a person’s electronic data, observe certain aspects of a person’s behaviour, and track a person’s movements. Currently, these powers are contained within the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act), the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 (SD Act), and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (ASIO Act).

Parts of the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 are also directly relevant when considering these powers.

Each Act requires agencies to meet thresholds before accessing these powers and requires external authorities, such as judges, Administrative

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Australia and China’s new battleground: social media



Xi Jinping, Roberto Azevêdo, Randal Quarles sitting at a table: Bilateral ties between China and Australia have plummeted to a new low


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Bilateral ties between China and Australia have plummeted to a new low

From furious insults to WeChat censorship, a spat between China and Australia over a controversial tweet has escalated into an online tit-for-tat in recent days.

The catalyst for the row, posted by a top Chinese government official, was a fake image.

But the diplomatic fall-out has been all too real, plunging an already fragile relationship between the two countries further into the abyss.

Warning: This story contains an image some people might find distressing.

‘Truly repugnant’

It all began with that shocking tweet.

On Monday China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted this fake image on Twitter, responding to a damning report about alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan.



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We’ve blurred out a part of it, but the picture shows a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan

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Chinese Embassy Says Australia ‘Misread’ Offending Social Media Post | World News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Australia said politicians there had “misread” a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, “truly repugnant”, and called for an apology.

On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao’s social media account, and China’s Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.

“The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr Zhao’s tweet,” the Chinese embassy in Canberra said in a statement on Tuesday.

Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary had called ambassador Cheng Jingye on Monday to complain about the social media post, it confirmed, adding

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Chinese embassy says Australia ‘misread’ offending social media post

By Kirsty Needham



a man wearing a suit and tie: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China


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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Australia said politicians there had “misread” a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, “truly repugnant”, and called for an apology.

On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao’s social media account, and China’s Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.

“The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr Zhao’s tweet,” the Chinese embassy in Canberra said in a statement on Tuesday.

Australia’s Foreign

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Australia demands apology from China after fake image posted on social media

By Kirsty Needham



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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s prime minister said a fake image of an Australian soldier posted on a Chinese official’s Twitter account was “truly repugnant” and Canberra was demanding it be taken down, amid deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Scott Morrison called a media briefing to condemn the posting of the image, which depicted an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and said Canberra was seeking an apology from Beijing.

The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the tweet, posted on Monday by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, Morrison said.

“It is utterly outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis,” Morrison said. “The Chinese government should be utterly ashamed of this post. It diminishes them in the world’s eyes.”

Australia’s relationship with China has deteriorated since Canberra

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Fortnite maker Epic Games sues Apple in Australia for App Store ban

The company behind the popular online video game Fortnite is suing Apple in Australia for allegedly misusing its market power by taking a slice of all revenue earned by apps on iPhones, iPads and Macs.



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Fortnite is a big money maker for Epic, with millions of daily users logging billions of hours on the game each month. It is forecast to bring in US$5bn in revenue in 2020.

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However, Epic Games has long complained about Google and Apple’s policies of taking between 15% and 30% of all transactions made through apps on iOS, and Android devices.

Fortnite was kicked off both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in August after Epic bypassed the companies’ in-app payment methods for their own cheaper direct billing that prevented Apple and Google taking a share.

Related: ‘This isn’t the

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Australia bourse suffers full-day shutdown after software glitch

Australia’s stock exchange operator has apologised to investors and other market participants for a software fault that sparked a shutdown shortly after trading began on Monday.

ASX Ltd said the problem had been identified and would be resolved in time for the market to reopen at 10am on Tuesday. It said it deeply regretted the disruption to one of Asia’s largest equity markets.

The outage coincided with the launch of a refreshed ASX Trade system, the trading platform for ASX’s equity market. ASX and its technology provider Nasdaq said a software issue had created inaccurate market data when multiple securities were traded in a single order, ASX in a statement.

“The outage falls short of the high standards we set ourselves and the standards others expect of us,” said Dominic Stevens, ASX chief executive.

“Notwithstanding the extensive testing and rehearsals, and the involvement of our technology provider, ASX accepts responsibility.

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Xbox Cloud Streaming Preview Coming To 4 New Countries, Including Australia

Four new countries are joining the Xbox Project xCloud preview program soon, and users will be able to stream select Xbox titles to mobile. Registration is available for the service from today, letting fans join the program and test out Xbox streaming from November 18.

Project xCloud runs games through custom Xbox One S hardware in Microsoft datacenters, and is currently only available on Android phones (although an iPhone workaround is available in some regions). Anyone who registers successfully will be able to test the service through the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app, found in the Google Play store.

The list of games supported varies depending on region, and is different from the US list. Here’s every game supported across the four regions:

  • ARK: Survival Evolved (AU, BR, MX, JP)
  • Batman™: Arkham Knight (AU, BR, MX)
  • Black Desert (AU, BR, MX, JP)
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (AU, BR, MX,
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