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LAW AND JUSTICE—PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1266—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) revelations that the PRISM program has been used by the United States of America's National Security Agency to conduct warrantless real time surveillance via the servers of nine companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook,

  (ii) recent reports suggesting that Australian agencies are receiving information through the PRISM program to access emails, audio and video chats, photographs, documents, connection logs and location data of Australians, and

  (iii) that strong concerns have been expressed by the United Kingdom's Intelligence and Security Committee, Canada's Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, and the German Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger; and

 (b) calls on the Attorney-General (Mr Dreyfus) to table in Parliament a ministerial statement of explanation before Thursday, 20 June 2013 on the vulnerability of Australian legislated privacy protections and government information to PRISM.

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

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungMilneWatersWright
LudlamRhiannon

NOES, 48


Senators—
AbetzCashGallacherPolley
BackColbeckHumphriesPratt
BernardiCollinsJohnstonRuston
BilykCormannKroger (Teller)Singh
BishopEgglestonLinesSinodinos
BoyceFarrellLudwigSmith
BrandisFaulknerMarshallStephens
BrownFawcettMcEwenSterle
BushbyFeeneyMcKenzieThistlethwaite
CameronFierravanti-WellsMcLucasThorp
Carr, BobFifieldMooreUrquhart
Carr, KimFurnerParryWilliams

Question negatived.