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Senate to vote on the right to privacy and data security today

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 10 Dec 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson on Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam

The Senate will vote on the establishment on Inquiry into Electronic Surveillance on International Human Rights Day.

"10 December has been celebrated as International Human Rights Day since 1950, but in 2013 the right to privacy is virtually meaningless," Senator Scott Ludlam stated today.

"Edward Snowden has revealed domestic and extra-territorial surveillance, interception and data collection by our own government and others in the 5 Eyes agreement, showing just how eroded civil and political rights have become in the digital age.

"The Australian Government and Opposition have refused repeated attempts to establish an inquiry into electronic surveillance in Australia, and the Senate will vote again today on this issue.

"Yesterday both the Government and Opposition voted down a simple motion to establish the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in the Senate yesterday.

"Despite numerous assurances that it provides parliamentary oversight during the Indonesian and Timor Leste scandals, unfortunately it doesn't exist.

Senator Ludlam's motion to establish a Select Committee on Electronic Surveillance:
Senator Ludlam's motion and statement yesterday on the establishment of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security:


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