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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Page: 6039


Senator LUDWIG (QueenslandMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery) (11:04): The government does not agree to further expanding the role of the Ombudsman through this amendment. The bill gives the Ombudsman power to inspect each of the preservation notices, each instrument of revocation, and each evidentiary certificate relating to a preservation notice. Additionally, preserved information is only ever released pursuant to a warrant issued by an independent issuing authority. Therefore, the issuing authority is in a position to consider whether communications have been appropriately preserved. This is, in the government's view, an appropriate accountability framework, given the general prohibition on the use and disclosure of preserved material. The government believes that the information is already effectively protected by the bill and existing laws. Therefore, amendments to expand the role of the Ombudsman are unnecessary.