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The federal government has moved to distance itself from its controversial web snooping plans during the election campaign and the decision to hide details from the public. Attorney-General Robert McClelland yesterday defended his department censoring about 90 per cent of a secret government document, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, outlining plans to snoop on Australians’ web surfing. He said the proposed policy – which could see individuals’ web browsing history stored for law enforcement – was “not something the government is driving as an issue”. Rather, it was driven by the Attorney-General’s Department. “To be frank, I haven’t seen the document,” McClelland said. “I literally haven’t seen the document. I don’t know the content and I’m not in a position to judge whether those redactions are or are not appropriate. I haven’t been a party to the negotiations.” However, this website is aware that the censored document had to pass through McClelland’s office before it was released.