Aug 19, 2011

Even government MPs want cybercrime bill fixes

A parliamentary committee, including government senators, wants aspects of the controversial Cybercrime Bill wound back.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The committee investigating the controversial Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, which opens the door to foreign governments to demand telecommunications and ISP data on Australians, has called for a range of changes to tighten the bill.

The changes urged by the cross-party committee are a rebuke, albeit a mild one, for the Attorney-General’s department, which again has been found to have overreached in extending law enforcement and intelligence-gathering powers.

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3 thoughts on “Even government MPs want cybercrime bill fixes

  1. Oscar Jones

    Don’t expect any joy from that great Labor disappointment, Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

    When ASIO or the AFP say jump he says “how high?”.

  2. GocomSys

    The worst threat to our society is the insidious undermining from within!
    We have at present an unscrupulous person, his character flaws openly on display, for purely selfish reasons systematically causing serious damage to our self-image, the democratic institutions and the public trust invested in them.
    Nobody in the media appears to understands the full impact this has on the psyche of our nation.
    We have seen what happens, even in the most recent past, when his “mentor” got away with “blue murder”. Is there anybody out there to address this issue by temporarily breaking out of the “tunnel vision” mindset imposed on them by the relentless 24 hour news cycle?
    How about it, BK?

  3. Christine carter

    [As we saw previously with the recent extensions to ASIO’s spying powers, the Attorney-General’s department enthusiastically pursues legislative overreach even when publicly embarrassed, presumably because it is confident National Security State thinking will see bipartisan endorsement of its handiwork.]

    Bingo!…the Attorney-Generals department does this because the agenda ( The Rubber Stamp of bipartisanship ) is set in stone and they hesitate not. So who’s interest do they represent? I think it’s becoming increasingly clear.

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