The Federal Government has rejected a submission from the IT industry seeking tougher laws to penalise vendors for selling software that is not up to scratch.
Internet law specialists Deacons Lawyers prepared the submission, which aims to lift IT industry standards and improve software quality by making vendors more liable for vulnerabilities.
The submission was presented to the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), Federal Attorney General Daryl Williams, and IT Minister Richard Alston in March, but the law firm is still awaiting a reply six months later.
Deacons' Leif Gammertsfelder said there was little interest from the Government because of "political sensitivities surrounding the issue". He said feedback has been "very cold" and he plans to raise the issue at a meeting with NOIE this week.
Gammertsfelder said fines could be introduced under the Trade Practices Act forcing vendors to prove they have taken "reasonable steps" to ensure products are of a minimum standard. "Instead of getting caught up in IT technicalities, laws will put broad processes in place, which would form the key tenets in every standard around the globe."
Gammertselder accused the Government of abdicating responsibility, adding "we have laws for fence heights and dog ownership".
A NOIE spokeswoman said the federal body was "unable to comment".