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21    Communications—Digital Encryption Technologies

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1032—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people,

                 (ii)   encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime,

                (iii)   encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely,

                (iv)   the Government, through services such as Medicare and Centrelink, and digital platforms such as myGov, depends on encryption to keep client information safe, and

                 (v)   any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government’s agile innovation agenda; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies,

                 (ii)   resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices, and

                (iii)   work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through warrants and targeted surveillance that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 16

Senators—

Di Natale

Leyonhjelm

Rhiannon

Wang

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Rice

Waters

Lambie

McKim

Siewert (Teller)

Whish-Wilson

Lazarus

Muir

Simms

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 39

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

Madigan

Polley

Back

Fifield

Marshall

Reynolds

Bernardi

Gallacher

McAllister

Ronaldson

Bilyk

Gallagher

McEwen (Teller)

Ryan

Bullock

Johnston

McKenzie

Seselja

Bushby

Ketter

McLucas

Singh

Canavan

Lindgren

Moore

Smith

Dastyari

Lines

O’Neill

Sterle

Day

Ludwig

O’Sullivan

Williams

Edwards

Macdonald

Parry

 

 

 

Question negatived.