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ADMINISTRATION—NATIONAL SECURITY MEASURES

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1145—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) less than half of one per cent of Australian organisations and individuals making submissions to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into potential reforms of national security legislation support the proposal for tailored data retention periods for up to 2 years,

  (ii) of the total 5 554 submissions made to the inquiry, 25 were explicitly supportive of data retention, 32 submissions were listed as confidential and 34 do not address the issue, leaving 5 463 submissions or 98.9 per cent of submitters from a broad spectrum of Australian society explicitly indicating their opposition to the retention of data for up to 2 years, and

  (iii) respondents objected that the proposal to retain data on all Australians for up to 2 years was vaguely and briefly presented, threatens privacy and freedom of expression and posed security risks through potential misuse of preserved data; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) abandon the proposal to retain data on all Australians for up to 2 years due to the public consultation revealing a wide diversity of opposition from across the political spectrum, from industry, lawyers, non-government organisations, information technology experts and the media, and

  (ii) propose national security measures that are appropriate, proportionate and strengthen rather than erode human rights standards that are the cornerstone of Australian democracy.

Statement by leave: Senator Ludlam, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright
Ludlam

NOES, 33



Senators—
BackEdwardsLundyRuston
BernardiEvansMarshallSmith
BilykFarrellMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
BrandisFeeneyMcKenzieThistlethwaite
CameronFierravanti-WellsMcLucasUrquhart
CashFifieldMooreWilliams
ColbeckFurnerParry
CollinsGallacherPolley
CrossinKrogerPratt

Question negatived.