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Motion on Data Retention


Senator Ludlam

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:

Notes that

1. Less than half of one per cent of Australian organisations and individuals making submissions to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation support the proposal for tailored data retention periods for up to 2 years;

2. Of the total 5,554 submissions made to the inquiry, 25 were explicitly supportive of data retention, 32 submissions were listed as confidential and 34 do not address the issue, leaving 5463 submissions or 98.9 per cent of submitters from a broad spectrum of Australian society explicitly indicating their opposition to the retention of data for up to 2 years;

3. Respondents objected that the proposal to retain data on all Australians for up to 2 years was vaguely and briefly presented, threatens privacy and freedom of expression and poses security risks through potential misuse of preserved data.

Calls on the Government to

1. Abandon the proposal to retain data on all Australians for up to 2 years due to the public consultation revealing a wide diversity of opposition from across the political spectrum, from industry, lawyers, NGOs, IT experts and the media;

2. Propose national security measures that are appropriate, proportionate and strengthen rather than erode human rights standards that are the cornerstone of Australian democracy.


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