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Notice given 29 January 2013

*2681  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—Can the Minister provide an update to the information given in answer to questions on notice nos 1234 and 1235 (Senate Hansard, 7 February 2012, p. 278) for the 2012-13 financial year.

*2682  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) When will the Government release the Digital Economy White Paper, announced on 5 October 2012, to replace the Cyber White Paper which was due mid-2012.

(2) Did the Prime Minister base her 24 January 2013 statement, that 5.4 million Australians were victims of a cybercrime in 2012, on the Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 that was based on a survey of 500 Australians; if so, did the Government verify whether the thresholds and definitions of ‘cybercrime’ and ‘cybercrime incidents’ used by Norton were consistent with Australian legislation and law enforcement thresholds, definitions and assumptions; if so, which agency or agencies:

(a) participated in that verification; and

(b) verified the validity of the estimate that cybercrime in 2012 cost $1.65 billion per annum.

(3) In regard to the new Australian Cyber Security Centre:

(a) given the broad range of agencies participating in the Cyber White Paper and the Digital Economy White Paper, will the Centre only strictly include the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), Defence Intelligence Organisation, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Attorney-General’s Department Computer Emergency Response Team, Australian Federal Police, Australian Crime Commission and Department of Defence or will participation potentially be broader;

(b) will current legal restrictions on DSD and ASIO personnel in terms of operations be maintained in the new body;

(c) will the establishment of the new body require legislative changes;

(d) through which mechanism will the centre engage with private sector actors;

(e) will the centre also engage with civil society actors;

(f) what standards and procedures will guide the sharing of information between government and commercial and private actors and entities;

(g) will the private sector be compelled to supply client or user data;

(h) will other government agencies such as health and welfare agencies be compelled to provide information on clients or user data;

(i) how will the Centre have regard to the outcomes of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s inquiry into potential reforms of national security legislation; and

(j) will the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security have a role in the Centre’s oversight.