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Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has won Senate support to order the Government to table documents outlining the definition of metadata.

In light of media leaks and reports this week that the Attorney General's department has provided the documents to the telecommunications industry, Senator Ludlam said the public also had a right to see policy document that could be used as the framework for legislation to collect private data on 23.5 million Australians.

"The Government has leaked this report to select news agencies and the telecommunications sector. The public, the parliament and the general community still hasn't seen it, so I'm pleased the crossbench and Opposition joined the Greens in demanding the Government table this document," he said.

"The public has a right to know where we stand and if the Government is seriously intends to pursue data collection on every Australian man, woman and child, then at least we need to know the definition of metadata."

Wording of the motion is as follows:
I give notice that on the next sitting day I shall move that the Senate:
Notes that:
I. The Government has not yet provided a definition of ‘metadata' to be retained under the proposed mandatory data retention scheme; and that
II. Media reports suggested on 26 August that the Attorney-General's Department has provided a definition in a document provided to the telecommunications industry.
Orders that there be laid on the table, by the Attorney-General, no later than noon on Wednesday 3rd September 2014:

I. The definition of "metadata" as defined by the Government's proposal on mandatory data retention;
II. The document distributed to the telecommunications industry within the past week which discusses this policy.

The Senate divided. [15:53]

(The President—Senator Parry)


Ayes                       35

Noes                       28

Majority                  7


Bilyk, CL

Brown, CL

Bullock, J.W.

Carr, KJ

Collins, JMA

Dastyari, S

Di Natale, R

Gallacher, AM

Hanson-Young, SC

Ketter, CR

Lambie, J

Lazarus, GP

Leyonhjelm, DE

Lines, S

Ludlam, S

Ludwig, JW

Lundy, KA

McEwen, A (teller)

McLucas, J

Milne, C

Moore, CM

Muir, R

O'Neill, DM

Peris, N

Rhiannon, L

Rice, J

Siewert, R

Singh, LM

Sterle, G

Urquhart, AE

Wang, Z

Waters, LJ

Whish-Wilson, PS

Wright, PL

Xenophon, N




Back, CJ

Birmingham, SJ

Bushby, DC (teller)

Canavan, M.J.

Colbeck, R

Day, R.J.

Edwards, S

Fawcett, DJ

Fierravanti-Wells, C

Fifield, MP

Heffernan, W

Johnston, D

Macdonald, ID

Mason, B

McGrath, J

McKenzie, B

Nash, F

O'Sullivan, B

Parry, S

Payne, MA

Reynolds, L

Ronaldson, M

Ruston, A

Scullion, NG

Seselja, Z

Sinodinos, A

Smith, D

Williams, JRQuestion agreed to.



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