Re: It's still a mess
Yup, still looks like a *crap what have we done* moment.
Bouncy Castle will have to stuff around with the bureaucracy in Canberra for the temporary period for which it is closed source. Why bother, get that bit done and merged with your code off shore.
Australian teachers educating overseas students on cryptography will not be subject to the Act because the material is in the public domain. Unless the students start doing pure research for their thesis etc in which case they may well come under the act. Again, why bother. Do that bit offshore.
Defence is focused on building "appropriate" licences and "clear and concise guidance" for businesses and open source contributors. Which under the neo nuts ideology will be user pays. Given what it costs to recover information under FOI laws. What will the recovery costs be for a bunch of no doubt senior signals bods to review your machine. All for the privilege of giving your IP to our 5 eyes + 1 friends that have already done so much damage to our democracy.
From a national security point of view, if your legal system creates an environment where it is impossible for anyone in the area to work in your country, people will stop. Yup. Risk 10 years jail to educate yourself and an unknown amount of money to commercialise or discuss anything so that you can ultimately end up in Canberra paying off a $1 to $2 million dollar mortgage helping the clown in chief lie about weapons of mass destruction and death cults to your children.