The Australian federal government has pledged new laws for cracking down on misinformation and misinformation on social media. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) would gain an expanded set of powers for enforcing voluntary industry codes of practice. The announcement of these laws come a year after large digital platforms, including Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter, launched a voluntary code of practice for addressing misinformation online. The laws were created off the back of recommendations made by ACMA, which found most Australians are concerned about, and have experienced, online misinformation. In addition, the federal government wants to establish a misinformation and disinformation action group to collaborate and share information on emerging issues and best practice responses. The legislation will not be introduced into Parliament ahead of the upcoming federal election. . . .