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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Page: 6042


Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:13): Minister, correct me if I am wrong or if I am using language that is too broad. My understanding is that one of the things this bill is bringing about is effectively targeted data retention. So the matter that has been returned to the PJC is data retention for everybody for years across all platforms for all data. That is one of the matters that has caused the most controversy. I understand very well that this bill does not do that. This bill effectively applies a data retention regime in a narrowcast kind of way. It allows a law enforcement or intelligence agency to order a telco to trap data for a very narrow range of people who are suspected of certain things. Minister, is my understanding of the bill incorrect?