Thursday, 30 March 2006
Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2006
Even though the Labor Party would not go that extra mile—or extra inch more likely—for the Democrat amendment the last time round, we will be supporting this. It is a good amendment. It is a sensible amendment. It requires a review of the records to be done so as to allow for the destruction of the records. It is also good because it will result in the agency being aware of the extent of their records and it will not allow records to be lost in the system. It gives practical effect to the destruction provisions, which were previously ineffective, as contained in section 150. It forces the chief officer to turn his or her mind to the information stored and, as such, the information will have to be destroyed forthwith. The Democrats will support this amendment.