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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Page: 6037

Senator LUDWIG (QueenslandMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery) (10:57): As I understand it, the part of the work that the PJCIS national security inquiry is dealing with is encryption. So the bill as it stands has left the broader issue around encryption, and the issue I think you raise around the privacy implications of that, for the PJCIS. This bill addresses cybercrime and meeting the convention obligations. I understand your point that you wanted to wait for the PJCIS, but I think it is better that we deal with the cybercrime legislation so that we do meet our convention obligations and can accede to the convention as soon as possible.