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Surveillance proposals to be tabled next month

James Hutchinson (via AFR) | May 29, 2013
A long-awaited report into wide-ranging national security reforms, including a proposal to keep data about Australians' telephone and internet use for up to two years, will be tabled in Parliament next month.

But Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam labelled the reforms part of an ongoing, "slow creep of surveillance powers" for authorities.

"Every single tilting of the table away from civil liberties and privacy has been uncritically supported by the Coalition," he said. "There's a political dynamic in this country that seems to prevail, whether or not it's the Coalition introducing sedition, or the ALP pressing for unprecedented data retention powers ... because I think of the political risk of being seen to be soft on security."


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