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Vice President Kamala Harris promotes Inflation Reduction Act



U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has spent the day promoting the Inflation Reduction Act.

President Joe Biden signed the $750 million health care, tax and climate bill into law last month. It’s all in a bid to reduce the cost of living for Americans.

However, despite its very name aiming to reduce inflation, many experts say the bill is having an opposite effect on the cost of living.

As the midterms approach, inflation is at an all time high right across America.

Vice President Kamala Harris has promised the administration’s bill will help.

“I am here to thank you all, for one, helping to inform all the work we’ve done so far but then to make it real,” she said.

“It’s not about sitting around here and patting ourselves on the back when a bill gets passed. It’s not just about a press conference, it’s about making sure that people feel it,” Harris added.

The bill falls short of what progressive Democrats and climate activists were hoping for. But regardless, it’s still the largest federal clean energy investment in the nation’s history.

It is aimed at boosting solar panel manufacturing and wind turbines, as well as providing tax credits for electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, the government is now able to negotiate prices of certain prescription drugs and enforces a 15 per cent corporations tax for those companies earning $1 billion or more.

“Life shouldn’t be too expensive for working people. People work hard,” Harris said.

The Vice President continued, adding “they should be able to afford to pay their bills and feed their children and take a vacation from time to time.”

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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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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