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The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is seeking public submissions in response to reforms proposed increasing and expanding surveillance, collection, retention and access to digital communications and data, including mandatory recording by ISPs of all Internet activity by their customers and storage of these logs for two years, making it a criminal offence to refuse to decrypt data upon request by law enforcement, giving ASIO the power and right to ‘disrupt’ a target computer for the purpose of gaining access to it, or even access to ‘third party’ computers on the way to the target computers, and other changes designed to streamline and simplify the process of warrant acquisition to authorise surveillance and acquisition of communications and data. Submissions close August 6, which is not far away!The Federal Parliament has rejected a number of requests from interested parties to extend the short deadline for submissions to an inquiry into a wide-reaching package of legislative reforms proposed by the Federal Government which the Greens have slammed as constituting a “systematic erosion of privacy” in Australia. - This is serious I would really appreciate OCAU encouraging people to call their MP's and make a submission to the senate committee before time runs out, because the government is trying to rush this through - before it's on peoples radars it will be LAW.
This is simply a copycat law as the one we suffer under in the UK, all of the countries that are part of the global english speaking alliance have proposed such a law and its simply Australias turn to implement the game plane they all work to.
A few hackers does not a society make.I do however agree that they represent the frustrated viewpoint of a significant number of Australians.However as I have said in a previous thread, this kind of activity just means a bunch of overtime for a bunch of system admins and matter little to the people who make the decisions.I think the good thing out of this is that there will now be a bit more publicity and hopefully a whole lot of people who didn't know about the legislation previously that will know know about it and hopefully write to their local member.