Foreign hackers targeted the Census website four times last night causing the website to close down.
The first three attacks on the website caused minor disruptions, according to chief statistician David Kalisch. The fourth attack led to the immediate shutting down of the website after a gap in the system’s security measures was found. Labor is furious about the mismanagement and is urging Michael McCormack, the minister responsible for the “botched” census, to resign. Shadow assistant treasurer, Andrew Leigh believes the quality of the census data has been compromised and a re-run is not out of the question.
An examination of the condition of the Australian media landscape is to be taken into account before deregulating the media, according to the Labor government. The government proposes they will “dump” regulations known as the “75 per cent reach rule” and the “two-out-of-three rule” in an attempt to prevent “moguls” owning same market TV Stations, newspapers and radio stations.
Australian funding attacks in Asia?
The Commonwealth is continuing to observe whether the Australian government is sending money to terrorist groups to fund attacks across the Asia-pacific region. An international anti-terrorist meeting was held last week, with representatives from over twenty countries attending. Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan believes that the approach towards cutting the assets to terrorist groups needs to be efficient.
“Very small amounts of money can do a lot of damage, and we know that from bitter experience in Indonesia where small amounts of money financed the Bali bombings, for example,” Mr Keenan said.
Bill to ban greyhound racing introduced
The greyhound racing industry is preparing to shut down by July 2017, introducing a legislation to state parliament to ban the racing in NSW. Two National MPs and Liberal MP Peter Phelps are not expected to support the legislation when the upper house takes a vote on the bill on Wednesday. The Special Commission of Inquiry report arguably contains “several statistical errors” according to lawyers for the association and legal action has been launched in the Supreme Court by the NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association.
Brisbane stabbers on the run
The two men that stabbed a 34-year-old man in the back near a Gold Coast park are still on the run. A third man assisted the two attackers by driving off with them in a car. The victim is now recovering in hospital. Police do not believe it to be a random attack and are still searching for the perpetrators. – Compiled from online sources by Vivien Wickham