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SENATOR THE HON KRISTINA KENEALLY

DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

TIM WATTS MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CYBERSECURITY

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND

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Labor welcomes news the third term Morrison Government will develop a new

cybersecurity strategy however is concerned it has been left in the hands of the

incompetent Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.

Under this third term Government, Australia has had almost as many cyber

security policies as energy policies - coupled with non-existent leadership.

The Turnbull Government’s 2016 Cybersecurity strategy was released with great

fanfare and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding but for years, the results have

been patchy at best.

After Peter Dutton tried to take Malcolm Turnbull’s job, Prime Minister Scott

Morrison had the chance to appoint a new dedicated Minister for Cybersecurity

when he formed his new ministry but chose not to.

Instead Scott Morrison left all responsibility in the hands of Peter Dutton. As a

result, much of the Government’s cybersecurity strategy has been abandoned or

simply forgotten including:

 No annual updates reporting on implementation since 2017;

 Failing to hold promised annual cyber security leaders’ meetings since

2017;

 Abolishing the website of the Computer Emergency Response Team

(CERT) Australia; and

 Failing to establish an online information sharing portal to address emerging

cyber threats. Australia’s commitment to cyber security has fallen in recent

years according to the United Nations International Telecommunications

Union global cyber security index.

In 2014 Australia ranked 3rd before falling to 11th in 2018.

Globally, Australia is ranked in the top five for the most number of data breaches

by population.

SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2019

MEDIA CONTACT: TIMOTHY DUNLOP 0428 043 110 (KENEALLY)

DIANE ZHANG 0428 670 732 (WATTS)