Fresh off the ‘Australia has been the subject of a state-based actor cyber attack campaign for months, but we can’t tell you why we are telling you now, this moment’ press conference the prime minister held, comes the news Australia wants to hire 500 new cyber spies.
Linda Reynolds was on ABC Breakfast this morning, with her best recruitment face on:
Malicious cyber activity against Australia and Australians have been increasing in style and sophistication. That’s why the Government has announced our largest single-investment in the nation’s security history. It’s to do a number of things – first, to increase the technology and the research available to the Australian Signals Directorate and also the Australian Cyber Security Centre to make sure we can keep our nation safe. So, as part of that, we’re recruiting 500 new cyber security experts.
All eyes are still on Victoria as authorities consider whether or not it needs to lock down areas where numbers of coronavirus cases have shot up, after 75 people tested positive for the virus in 24 hours – the fourth-highest daily total for Victoria, since the pandemic began.
It’s not as easy as just closing down the suburbs though – with transmission passing primarily through family groups, locking down shops and cafes again, may not stop the spread.
But authorities are warning people the daily totals could get worse before they get better.
It’s having an impact beyond those Melbourne suburbs as well. South Australia is reconsidering its 20 July border reopening date for Victorians, Western Australia has put its border reopen date off (it was to be August) and Queensland, which will announce its plans today, may change its date from the pencilled-in 10 July.
The latest Newspoll has Daniel Andrews losing eight popularity points, but he was coming from a high base and still sits at a 67% approval rating.
We’ll update you on the covid situation as information comes in, as well as let you know what is happening in politics as the day goes on. You have Amy Remeikis with you until mid-afternoon.