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Independent Australia

Independent Australia was founded by Dave Donovan in 2010 to provide independent journalism and is a member of the Australian Press Council. Their articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License. You can find IA on FB and Twitter. To find out what is so special about Independent Australia (and for a tour of Australia's recent political history), check out Dave's interview with Meshel Laurie=>

Liberal party harnesses i360 big data-in time for 2019 federal election

31st Oct 2018

The Koch brothers' i360 data service is now being used by the Liberal Party of Australia. This article looks at the history of the organisation and the implications for our privacy and democracy.

Australia's student housing crisis

19th Oct 2018

Scott Morrison recently re-opened debate about population policy to ease congestion on Australia's fastest growing cities - Sydney and Melbourne. In this article I look at the implications for demand on the low-cost housing market of our large intake of international students which is six times the number of migrants.

Privacy, Media and Politics: What are our Rights?

7th Oct 2018

This article looks at the potential for collusion between the media and political parties, neither of which are covered by the Privacy Act.

News Corp derides again! U.S.-owned 'The Australian' tells Sleeping Giant lies

6th Oct 2018

Anti-racism campaigners Sleeping Oz Giants and their followers on Twitter are subjected to defamatory campaign in The Australian.

Blowing the whistle on whistleblowers

17th Sep 2018

Whistleblowers play an essential and often-overlooked role in the major stories that hold out institutions to account. This article looks at the consequences to whistleblowers and media for recent changes in National Security legislation and includes the 11 point UNESCO evaluation of legislation written by Julie Posetti.

Abbott and Turnbull: Opening the door on your privacy

7th Sep 2018

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is the independent Commonwealth authority charged with governing access to government information and organisations that fall under the Privacy Act. This article traces the early years of the OAIC as it weathers attempts to abolish the office by the Abbott Government.

Taking over the corporate regulators, one IPA appointment at a time

5th Sep 2018

This article follows on from the article on the OAIC and traces the early years of the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission as the Abbott government attempts to abolish the office. The ACNC is the Commonwealth charities regulator responsible for governing the multi-billion dollar charity sector.

Deconstructing the democracy sausage: The risks of e-voting

3rd Sep 2018

This article looks at the privacy and security issues like to arise with attempts to move election voting online or through the use of voting machines.

The 'Data Sharing and Release Act' is coming for your data

29th Jul 2018

This article explains what motivated me to get behind the #CensusFail campaign against the 2016 census. The article explains the history of the governance of administrative data and the changes I saw taking place to allow our data held by government agencies to be linked together into data integration projects to be shared with research and commercial interests.

Cashless Debit Card: Income management and the surveillance state

13th Sep 2017

The Cashless Welfare Card forces each recipient to share their entire purchase history with the government to ensure 'compliance' with the government's new policy of controlling how welfare recipients spend their income. In this article I explain the human rights law that Australia is signatory to and the implications for the government in breaching that law.