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Greens will not support Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill: “Major attack on privacy,” says Nettle

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Senator Kerry Nettle, Greens Party, speaking in the Senate on 20 September 2007, said the Greens would not support the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007.

Industry concerns expressed: Nettle said she knew that the Internet Industry Association and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association had expressed concerns about aspects of the bill that had not been addressed. She noted that although the government claimed to be implementing the Blunn review into telecommunications interception, the bill went far beyond the recommendations of the Blunn review – in particular the proposal to turn all mobile phones into tracking devices and monitor web browsing was not recommended in the report.

Some aspects deserve support: Nettle said there were aspects of the bill that deserved support, such as warrants for phone tapping during investigations of child pornography, but the Greens could not support the bill in its present form, because it was a major attack on Australians’ privacy.

Reference: Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales, Australian Greens Party, Senate Hansard, Commonwealth of Australia, 20 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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