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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Page: 7131


Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (12:41): I will go into a little bit of detail as to why I am pursuing this concern and why the minister's dismissive attitude towards the concerns that the crossbenchers are raising is so profoundly irritating. This is not something that the Australian Greens have just plucked out of thin air; this is a profoundly important expansion of surveillance powers. I understand that the minister is taking advice at the moment. I am keen, perhaps for the benefit of those listening to this debate for whom these concepts might be somewhat new, to hear whether the minister could describe, as succinctly as he likes, what exactly ASIO would be empowered to do under a computer access warrant. What does applying for such a warrant allow ASIO to do, however we end up defining a computer or network of networks?