Thursday, 30 March 2006
Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2006
If you thought that my amendments were groundhog day, I think, through you, Chair, to Senator Milne, the effect of the amendment voted on previously—the amendment moved by Senator Ludwig and me and I think divided on at that period to save the time of the Senate—dealt with the issue of B-party interception. If I am wrong, someone correct me, but that effectively sought to do the same thing, which is remove the operation of B-party warrants under this legislation. We have probably covered some of that in the absence of safeguards and protections that were required and our attempts on the crossbenches to improve that particular schedule in the bill. In the absence of that, we are all voting against the inclusion of the schedule in its current form. I have addressed those issues. I am not sure how we proceed, but I think that the views of most parties in this place are clear on this issue. If the Greens want to pursue this, I will certainly be supporting it on behalf of the Australian Democrats.