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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.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam issued the warning as he tabled a petition in the Senate of almost 1500 signatures raising grave concerns about changes to national security laws, reinforcing the 5,463 public submissions opposed to the data retention proposal.

"The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry is considering potential reforms of National Security legislation and 98.9 per cent of the public submissions they've received are opposed to the unwarranted and dangerously vague data retention proposal," said Senator Ludlam.

The petition signed by 1,447 people was circulated by the Pirate Party Australia. Senator Ludlam will also move a motion acknowledging the overwhelming public opposition to the draconian scheme.

"In addition to the compelling arguments made in 5,463 public submissions, this petition forensically deconstructs the case for data retention and calls for the Senate to take a strong stand in the defence of civil liberties, privacy, and the presumption of innocence.

"The system of warrants, of judicial oversight and independence, and of due process - this system evolved over centuries and without it the term ‘liberal democracy' becomes nothing more than a meaningless slogan."

Senator Ludlam's motion before the Senate -
Petition -


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