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26    Finance and Public Administration References Committee—Reference —Protection of personal Medicare information

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) amended business of the Senate notice of motion no. 4 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 October 2017:

Circumstances in which Australians’ personal Medicare information has been compromised and made available for sale illegally on the ‘dark web’, including:

               (a)       any failures in security and data protection which allowed this breach to occur;

               (b)       any systemic security concerns with the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) system;

                (c)       the implications of this breach for the roll out of the opt-out My Health Record system;

               (d)       Australian Government data protection practices as compared to international best practice;

                (e)       the response to this incident from government - both ministerial and departmental;

                (f)       the practices, procedures, and systems involved in collection, use, disclosure, storage, destruction, and de-identification of personal Medicare information;

                (g)       the practices, procedures, and systems used for protecting personal Medicare information from misuse, interference, and loss from unauthorised access, modification, or disclosure; and

               (h)       any related matters.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Brown

Hanson-Young

McCarthy

Siewert

Cameron

Hinch

McKim

Singh

Chisholm

Kakoschke-Moore

Moore

Sterle

Collins

Ketter

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Kitching

Polley

Watt

Farrell

Lambie

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

Leyonhjelm

Rhiannon

Wong

Gallagher

Lines

Rice

Xenophon

Griff

Marshall

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Bernardi

Fifield

Nash

Ruston

Birmingham

Georgiou

O’Sullivan

Scullion

Burston

Hanson

Parry

Seselja

Bushby*

Hume

Paterson

Sinodinos

Cash

Macdonald

Payne

Smith

Duniam

McGrath

Reynolds

Williams

Fawcett

McKenzie

Roberts

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.