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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Page: 2434


Senator STEELE-JOHN (Western Australia) (15:54): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator STEELE-JOHN: What a strange sight we have seen before us in the last two motions before this place. These were simple, non-radical proposals related to the protection of the data of Australian citizens to ensure that they have the right that they deserve to be able to access their data and give explicit consent to its use. One wants to ensure that all steps be taken to ensure that facial biometric recognition technology does not suffer from the same critical errors that we have seen in the US. This motion before us relates to enhancing to world's best practice the rights of Australians' data. I really do wonder what fears live in the hearts of the members of both of the parties opposite that they are not prepared to take these simple steps to safeguard the privacy rights of Australian citizens. I will proudly vote with my colleagues in support of this motion. (Time expired)

Question negatived.