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23    Administration— Department of Human Services—Data breach—Order for production of documents

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 610—

(1)       That the Senate notes that:

(a)       on 3 July 2017, The Guardian Australia broke the story that private Medicare numbers were being illegally sold on the dark web;

(b)       the Minister for Human Services stated that both he and his department had only been made aware of the breach when The Guardian contacted them on 3 July 2017;

(c)       on 15 September 2017, the Finance and Public Administration References Committee questioned the Department of Human Services during the inquiry into this breach, at which time the department failed to mention any early knowledge about the breach; and

(d)       on 21 November 2017, it was revealed by The New Daily that heavily redacted FOI documents show that officers of the Department of Human Services were aware of the breach 11 days prior to The Guardian story’s publication.

(2)       That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, by no later than 6.30 pm on 4 December 2017:

(a)       any advice provided to the Minister by the Department of Human Services relating to the breach, prior to 3 July 2017;

(b)       any documents relating to the breach from the Department of Human Services, prior to 3 July 2017; and

(c)       any related documents.

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, 31

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

McCarthy

Rice

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert

Brown

Hinch

Moore

Singh

Cameron

Ketter

O’Neill

Steele-John

Carr

Kitching

Patrick

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Leyonhjelm

Polley

Watt

Collins

Lines

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

McAllister

Rhiannon

 

 

 

NOES, 22

Senators—

Abetz

Duniam

Macdonald

Payne

Brockman

Fawcett

McGrath

Reynolds

Burston

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Ruston

Bushby*

Fifield

O’Sullivan

Ryan

Canavan

Georgiou

Paterson

Williams

Cash

Hume

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.