Thursday, 30 March 2006
Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2006
As much as I really want the Labor Party to support these amendments, I fear they may go a bit further than the Labor Party were hoping, particularly in amendment (9) in relation to omitting paragraph 139(4)(e), which obviously effectively omits the pecuniary penalty line altogether. My reading of the amendment—and I suspect it is the government’s or at least its advisers’—would be that it would have the effect of going further and would affect those agencies to which you referred. That is the Democrat intent, but perhaps that is not something that you would want to sign up to. I am not quite sure if that means you can support two of the three amendments, but we will see how we go.