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- Biden’s Indo-Pacific chief talks of ‘renaissance’ between Australia and US
- US president signs executive order on AI
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Biden’s Indo-Pacific chief talks of ‘renaissance’ between Australia and US
Anthony Albanese’s visit to the US has given Australia and the United States a boost for dealing with China in the days and weeks ahead, according to a senior White House official.
The alliance was undergoing a “renaissance”, said the White House’s Indo-Pacific co-ordinator, Kurt Campbell, and it gave both nations greater confidence in their difficult relationships with Beijing.
President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during the recent trip.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
With Prime Minister Albanese due to visit Beijing on Saturday, Dr Campbell said US President Joe Biden had told China’s leaders that “securing and strengthening allies and partners is at the top of our list”.
The Albanese visit to Washington had been “extraordinarily effective and well choreographed” and gave America an “enormous confidence and a boost going into these meetings with Wang Yi”, China’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, in Washington at the end of last week.
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US president signs executive order on AI
US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on artificial intelligence saying it was driving change at “warp speed” which carries tremendous potential.
The order seeks to balance the needs of cutting-edge technology companies with national security and consumer rights, creating an early set of guardrails that could be fortified by legislation and global agreements.
US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order on artificial intelligence.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
Biden said AI carried tremendous potential as well as perils.
“AI is all around us,” Biden said.
“To realise the promise of AI and avoid the risk, we need to govern this technology.”
The order is an initial step that is meant to ensure that AI is trustworthy and helpful, rather than deceitful and destructive. The order — which will likely need to be augmented by congressional action — seeks to steer how AI is developed so that companies can profit without risking public safety.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
It’s Tuesday, October 31. I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- The federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek is on a collision course with farmers after a major report endorsed her push to revitalise the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
- Former ABC journalist Stan Grant criticised Albanese for repeatedly calling the Voice “a modest request” and used a speech to say he doubted he would see change in his lifetime.
- A senior White House official believes Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to the US has given Australia and the United States a boost for dealing with China.
- Major parties cast their opinions over the redrawing of federal electoral boundaries seats, which would force independents like Zali Steggall and Kylea Tink into a battle of survival.
- Debate is erupting over the future of phone landlines in regional areas, with the government and telcos labelling current arrangements as no longer fit for purpose.
- The head of NSW’s anti-corruption watchdog praised the investigation into former premier Gladys Berejiklian for sending a clear message to politicians about the use of power.
- And overseas, Wagner mercenaries are back fighting on the front line in Ukraine for the first time since they mutinied against the Kremlin in June.
Let’s get started.
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