Thought for the day

"It will give us, for a course of years, good government and then only end, due to the corruption of the people, in despotism, which will be the only form of government suitable for them." -- Benjamin Franklin on the Constitution Philadelphia, 1789.

The U.S. pharmaceutical giant Moderna has finalised arrangements with the Australian and Victorian governments to build the world’s first mRNA production facility located on a university campus.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the government will investigate claims former prime minister Scott Morrison secretly gave himself powers to jointly run the health, finance and resources ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why the sharp intake of breath, the tingling shock?  In one of the world’s most secretive liberal democracies, the revelation that the previous Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison ran a shadow government overseen by personal quasi-despotic whim spanning several ministerial positions has caused chill and consternation.  That’s not the way we do things – except when we do. 

Germany is sending 13 military aircraft to joint exercises in Australia, the air force's largest peacetime deployment, underlining Berlin's increased focus on the Indo-Pacific amid rising tensions with China in the region.

Last year, a German warship sailed into the South China Sea for the first time in almost 20 years, a move that saw Berlin joining other Western nations in expanding its military presence in the region amid growing alarm over Beijing's territorial ambitions.

A multi-million dollar Australian app used to track Covid contacts has been decommissioned and branded "a failure" after identifying only two unique infections.

Health Minister Mark Butler urged people to delete the app, calling it a "colossal waste" of taxpayer's money.

COVIDsafe was previously touted "as essential as putting on sunscreen" by former Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

But experts had questioned the efficacy of the Bluetooth-based tracking method.

Australian company EPE has announced a partnership with US unmanned systems developer Shield AI to market the latter’s Nova 2 drone in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia’s central bank has unveiled plans to examine the potential economic benefits of introducing a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said in a statement on Tuesday it would carry out a year-long pilot project to explore “innovative use cases and business models” for a CBDC and gain a better understanding of technological, legal and regulatory considerations.