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NEWS RELEASE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

THE HON DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP

 

8 November 1999

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AUSTRALIA - AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF E-COMMERCE

 

 

Australia has embraced the information technology revolution. However, the rapid transition from paper-based commerce to e-commerce has thrown up questions of how the law should recognise and deal with electronic transactions and whether copyright will be affected m the digital environment.

 

Concerns about legal certainty, security, authentication and privacy have held some in business and the community back from utilising all the benefits electronic commerce has to offer.

 

The Government has responded to these concerns by developing a legal and regulatory framework to support and encourage business and consumer confidence in the use of electronic commerce.

 

The Electronic Transactions Bill will facilitate the use of electronic commerce by clarifying its legal status. The Digital Agenda Bill balances the rights of copyright owners and the rights of users in the digital environment. The proposed private sector privacy legislation aims to ensure that private organisations handle personal information fairly.

 

Addressing the World E-Com Conference in Perth today, I said it was clear that business and the community must drive technological innovation and development in electronic commerce.

 

The role of Government is to be supportive of this innovation and to provide certainty and international consistency in its legislative framework.

 

I am confident that we are achieving those goals and that Australia is well placed to reap the economic and social benefits of the global, paperless economy that has come with the information age.

 

 

Media contact:  Catherine Fitzpatrick (02) 6277 7300

 

 

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