Senate debates

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


Digital Encryption

3:56 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people,

(ii)   encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime,

(iii)   encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely,

(iv)   the Government, through services such as Medicare and Centrelink, and digital platforms such as myGov, depends on encryption to keep client information safe, and

(v)   any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government's agile innovation agenda; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies,

(ii)   resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices, and

(iii)   work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through warrants and targeted surveillance that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft.

Photo of Stephen ParryStephen Parry (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that notice of motion No. 1032, moved by Senator Ludlam, be agreed to.