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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 995

Senator MINCHIN (1:13 PM) —On behalf of the opposition, I indicate our support for these amendments. These amendments improve the bill. They improve the security surrounding access to the data. I seek from the minister an assurance that, in relation to the written notice to which these amendments now refer and require, there will be proper consultation with Telstra—the current manager of the IPND database, which has significant responsibilities in respect of this matter—over the form that that written notice might take such that the government and Telstra, as the manager, are at one on that written notice. It should, most properly, mitigate the risks associated with disclosure and ensure that the internal processes of Telstra, in managing the data, can conform with the written notice.