Dec 20, 2012

National security inquiry delay to put data retention on hold

A key inquiry into controversial national security reforms like data retention will miss its reporting deadline. And the Attorney-General's Department only has itself to blame.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The parliamentary committee charged with investigating a wishlist of proposals to strengthen the surveillance and enforcement powers of security agencies will miss its end-of-year reporting deadline, almost certainly guaranteeing there will be no legislation before the next election.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon originally asked the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to investigate a range of proposals to streamline and increase national security powers in May, with a reporting deadline of July 31. After the committee baulked at the deadline, it was pushed back to the end of the year, and the Attorney-Generals’s Department prepared a discussion paper to enable the committee to inform public debate and the committee’s own hearings.

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  1. Apollo

    Many people use my computer. I don’t even have a Crikey account of my own. This account was a trial registration by my young nephew. By the time ASIO gets to me, Australia and China would already have become one Federation of Socialist Republics.

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