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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns



New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned in response to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announcement she was the subject of an investigation

Her resignation follows the ICAC announcing it is investigating her over breaches of public trust between 2012 and 2018.

“My resignation as premier could not occur at a worse time, but the timing is completely outside of my control. The ICAC has chosen to take this action during the most challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the state’s history,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Resigning at this time is against every instinct in my being and something which I do not want to do.”

Ms Berejiklian has previously come under public scrutiny after she revealed to an ICAC inquiry that she had a “close personal relationship” with former MP Darryl Maguire, who is currently under investigation by the ICAC.

“I was advised late yesterday afternoon that the Independent Commission Against Corruption will release a statement today stating they are investigating me relating to matters involving the former Member for Wagga Wagga,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“As it is clear from the ICAC statement, these are historic matters and I have already been subjected to numerous attacks by my opponents in the last 12 months.”

Ms Berejiklian said she has no choice but to resign, to ensure public trust isn’t breached while the investigation is ongoing.

The ICAC will begin hearings into potential breaches of public trust in relation to her dealings with Mr Maguire on the 18th of October.

The Premier will be questioned in relation to grants awarded to projects in Mr Maguire’s former seat of Wagga Wagga.

The ICAC is investigating whether the Premier’s failure to report potential corrupt conduct by Mr Maguire constitutes breaches of public trust, and whether there was a conflict of interest when she awarded grants in the Wagga Wagga electorate.

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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?



Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns

Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.

Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.

The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.

Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.

“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.

“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.

Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?



Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise

Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.

Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.

Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.

On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.

“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.

“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.

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America focused on “dominance, leadership and primacy” in China spat



Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the United States relationship with China is focused on dominance, leadership and primacy.

“Mind your own business” – it’s the stinging message to the West from China’s defence minister.

Li Shangfu told a security conference that China has “one of the best peace records” among major countries.

He lashed out at the so-called rules-based system. Asking – “who made the rules?”

The world is watching China amidst heightened international anxiety.

But while China’s Defence minister says Beijing’s preference is “peaceful unification” with Taiwan, he added that China will never “promise to renounce the use of force.”

Delegates from the Philippines, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United States and Germany asked about the “apparent disconnect between China’s words and actions”.

But in some of those countries, there is growing concern about America’s increasing level of unpredictability.

Australia’s former Foreign minister Bob Carr is concerned that Canberra had mismanaged the relationship with America under successive governments. #featured #world #china

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