Ozzie Greens are furious after the main Government and Opposition passed a Big Brother Cybercrime Bill unchanged through the House of Representatives.
The bill in its current form was dubbed unworkable and a human right abuse waiting to happen by a selected committee which recommended changes to fix serious flaws. However when the Bill appeared in the house again none of the recommendations were adopted and the Bill passed through in its flawed state.
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Cyber Safety Committee had tabled a highly critical unanimous report on the bill, proposing a series of amendments and requests for clarification which were not addressed in the House.
Apparently the Attorney General said today he was considering the report before the debate in the Senate and the Greens were looking forward to working with both parties to fix this fundamentally flawed bill in the Senate.
However they were “greatly troubled” by the fact that both the Labor Party and Coalition gave no indication in the House that they believed any of the flaws needed fixing. On the contrary, they had nothing but praise.
The Bill is supposed to enable enhanced collaboration between law enforcement agencies fighting serious crime. But the select committee complained that it goes well beyond the already controversial European convention on which it is based and will encroach on civil liberties.
“The European Treaty doesn’t require ongoing collection and retention of communications, but this Bill does. Under the Convention police are not required to pass on data if it relates to a political offence or if passing on the data is inconsistent with human rights standards, but this bill contains no such exemption. These are disturbing flaws that must be fixed, but the Government and Opposition have passed this Bill through the House with no acknowledgement of that,” Ludlam said.
Australia has been getting crazier and crazier lately when it comes to matters like internet monitoring and censorship. Already the nation wants to install a Chinese style firewall and monitor all its citizen’s internet use. The new rules will take that just a little bit further.