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Crossbenchers band together on data retention concern

Crossbenchers band together on data retention concern
Media Statement
Greens spokesperson for Communications
Senator for WA Scott Ludlam
October 20, 2014

The Australian Greens, the Liberal Democratic Party and Senator Nick Xenophon have teamed up to hold an event in Parliament House during the next Senate sitting week to step up the campaign against the Government’s proposed mandatory data retention legislation.

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Cover-up: Government buries evidence of data retention plan

The Federal Government has refused to turn over any documents regarding its plans for a data retention scheme, rejecting in entirety a Freedom of Information request from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

Senator Ludlam requested "letters, emails, file notes, records of phone conversations or meetings, memos or reports about the drafting of legislation or regulations on data retention between the Attorney General's Department and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel". It was denied in full this afternoon.

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Data retention legislation drafted or not?


Group 3

Program 1.6

Question No. 27

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 29 May 2013:

Senator LUDLAM: ... I understand that at some stage there was an interdepartmental committee within the government that was set up to look into that issue. Is that the case?

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Government must abandon data retention

The Federal Government must unequivocally reject mandatory telecommunications data retention in the wake of the release of the National Security Inquiry report, the Australian Greens said today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Report reinforced the overwhelming public opposition to the proposal to collect and store the telephone and email data of all Australians for two years.

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Ignore the 98.9 per cent at your peril - Greens warn Government on data retention

The Government cannot ignore the will of "the 98.9 per cent" on data retention, the Greens warned today - referring to the thousands of people who have urged the National Security Inquiry to abandon the proposed scheme to force telecommunications companies to store the communications data of all Australians for a period of two years.

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Data retention goes back underground as campaign turns up the heat

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will table a petition in the Senate tomorrow circulated by Pirate Party Australia and comprising 1447 signatures raising serious concerns about proposed changes to national security laws.

The signatories have presented objections to the proposals under discussion by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation (#natsecinquiry).

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Labor and Coalition unite to keep Australians in the dark on data retention

A move by the Australian Greens for the Government to make information about the proposed data retention scheme public has been defeated by the Government and Opposition voting in the Senate together.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Labor Party and Coalition had united to "keep Australians in the dark about a proposed scheme to monitor every piece of electronic correspondence and every phone call".

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