Thursday, 30 March 2006
Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2006
I hope you said you were not holding your breath. Otherwise we will need a replacement. I suggest that this is a good amendment. The Democrats will be supporting this amendment. It moves to implement some further entrenched safeguards into the Telecommunications Act regarding the prohibition on stored communications unless a stored communications warrant has been obtained. As has been previously stated, information should not be allowed to be accessed without a stored communications warrant, in order to protect the privacy of Australians. That is the bottom line and that is what some of us are trying to achieve here: to put some more safeguards into this bill to protect people’s privacy. We will be supporting the amendment.