The Australian Government has indicated breathtaking complacency in answer to Senator Scott Ludlam's Senate question today about the PRISM surveillance program.
"A warrantless surveillance system that grants real-time Government access to emails, audio and video chats, photographs, documents, connection logs and location data, to potentially the entire Australians population, and today the Government shrugged it off as business-as-usual."
"The Greens would appear to be the only party in Australia concerned by widespread surveillance of Australian citizens and the meaninglessness of Australia's Privacy Principles," said Senator Ludlam.
"While Australian authorities appear to have been fed some kind of tranquiliser, parliamentarians in other parts of the world are taking action over this warrantless real time mass surveillance.
"Jim Sensenbrenner the Republican author of the US Patriot Act has stated that the NSA's surveillance activities have gone too far with PRISM. He is joined by a Republican Senator from Kentucky who said on Fox News, "Get a warrant...but don't troll through a billion phone records every day."
"The UK Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee is visiting Washington to seek answers on intrusion to the communications of Britons and has sought answers from UK intelligence agencies, Canada's privacy Commissioner has expressed significant concerns and launched an inquiry, the German Justice Minister issued a statement objecting to comprehensive surveillance activities.
"Members of the US Congress, such as Democrat representative Loretta Sanchez have admitted to being astounded at the degree of surveillance.
"The Greens will continue to provide the only countervailing voice against this surveillance overreach. For that reason alone, I hope there are a few more of us in the Australian Senate after September 14."
The Question Time exchange is available at this link: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/questions-without-notice/qu...