Thursday, 30 March 2006
Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2006
We do not support these amendments. Unfortunately, they go further than we think is required in these circumstances. I will not talk to them at length. The points we make in relation to our amendments go to the committee report. The hard work done by the committee, including the backbench, brought forward recommendations which were reasonable. Labor sought to take those recommendations and provide an opportunity for the government to support them. The government has chosen not to support them today.
In this instance, as I said previously, in terms of the regimes in place, it is important to ensure that there is a distinction between the law enforcement regime and the national security regime. Those regimes have our support. In terms of the amendments, when you look at the provisions, they go beyond the majority recommendations. I understand that they are consistent with your additional dissenting comments.