Australian tech leaders have joined together to develop a submission in response to the government’s controversial Telecommunication and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, or AA Bill.
Led by industry advocacy group StartupAUS, the submission has been developed in conjunction with and supported by leaders from the likes of Canva, Square Peg Capital, Atlassian, Girl Geek Academy, Freelancer, and more.
“It should come as no surprise to anyone within the startup or technology communities that we find the AA Act to be bitterly disappointing. Coming off the back of increasing concern about the R&D Tax Incentive, the Act, passed without amendment from both sides of politics, further indicates a political shift away from technology in Canberra,” StartupAUS stated.
“Of particular frustration is that this comes just as the startup sector is building considerable momentum and Australian technology businesses are enjoying real growth, starting to become genuine global players. At a time when we should be focused on supporting and promoting Australian technology, this legislation does just the opposite.