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[Intercepting staff emails]



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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Employment, Business and Workplace Relations

Intercepting Staff Emails

Employers should not be burdened with the responsibility of intercepting emails involving staff suspected of behaviour that threatens Australia’s national security.

This places an unfair surveillance responsibility upon employers and effectively requires them to undertake what is a potential criminal investigation.

Australia’s national security agencies, including ASIO and the Australian Federal Police, already have broad-ranging powers with respect to terrorism-related activities.

If an employer is concerned about the conduct of any employee in relation to a potential terrorist threat, it should be referred to the police, which is the appropriate agency for conducting such an investigation.

** [14.04.2008]

Murray Hansen Chief of Staff The Hon Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Employment, Business & Workplace Relations 0417 886 155