Feb 21, 2013

Danby and Sheridan hammer home an own-goal for data retention

A national security committee member's poor judgment has inflicted serious damage on the push for data retention by Australia's security agencies.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

In a single article today, The Australian’s resident neo-con Greg Sheridan and right-wing Labor MP Michael Danby have inflicted serious damage on the process around consideration of data retention in  Australia.

Data retention is among the slate of proposals for national security reforms currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. Danby is a junior member of that committee. For over seven months, it has been working  through the issues around extending the powers of intelligence and law enforcement agencies in areas like retaining telecommunications user data. Despite the disparate make-up of the committee, which includes politicians as different as John Faulkner, George Brandis, Phillip Ruddock and Andrew Wilkie (the Greens aren’t permitted on the committee), it has brought a thorough and painstaking approach to the task.

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7 thoughts on “Danby and Sheridan hammer home an own-goal for data retention

  1. Redmond

    “Let me make a prediction. Without this legislation there will inevitably be a mass terrorist event in Australia and then the legislation will pass in 12 hours.”

    Surprise surprise!…is anybody really surprised by this statement? What does Sheridan and Danby know that we don’t know? Does either Danby or Sheridan have dual citizenship and passports with another country?

    If Sheridan is not referring to a possible issue relating to a false-flag incident to justify emergency legislation for data retention, if it is not achieved through the normal political process, then we are all monkey’s uncles.

  2. j.oneill

    Bernard: you say that the Greens are not permitted on the Committee. What possible justification can there be for that position? Are Tweedledee and Tweedledum aka Labor and the Coalition, suggesting the Greens are a security threat? That they cannot be trusted with intelligence information? Are the 14% who vote for the Greens disenfranchised in some other way as well? Given that tweedledee and tweedledum quite happily follow the wishes of Tel Aviv and Washington even when it is manifestly not in Australia’s interests, just who is the security threat here?

  3. Kevin Herbert

    Danby & Sheridan…..Abbot & Costello (the orginal ones)

  4. Liamj

    News Corpse & the LNP don’t need to get a room, they need to get a two-storey with nanny on 5 acres. They’re so busy pleasuring each other they’ve forgotten anyone else matters.

  5. Harry

    J.Oneill, committees tend to be (roughly) in proportion to the composition of Parliament. That usually means one minor party/independent per Committee. The Greens are on the law enforcement committee, and Wilkie is on the intelligence committee.

  6. j.oneill

    @Harry. yes, I understand that, but the article used the words “not permitted” which is somewhat different from using a party representation ratio. It is also the case that the committee’s existence predates Wilkie’s election. Was the Green Party EVER represented on the intelligence committee?

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