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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Page: 6042

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:11): I thank the minister for his answer. So effectively this will just add whatever additional costs there are relating to data retention to the existing costs that telcos can levy on, or request be recovered from, the law enforcement agency making the request. That is my understanding. Would we need to trawl the annual reports for the various agencies to find out what those costs are? Let's pick one as an example. For the Australian Federal Police, who do publish a detailed annual report, what are the current costs and what are the anticipated additional costs once this regime has been implemented?