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Media Release


Minister for Justice and Customs

Senator for Western Australia

E160 25 July 2001


The importance of cybercrime was recognised today at a meeting in Darwin of Attorneys-General from around Australia.

Commonwealth, State and Territory Attorneys reconfirmed their commitment to giving priority to developing updated computer offences.

The Minister for Justice and Customs Senator Chris Ellison said that it was necessary to deal with cybercrime on a national basis.

“All jurisdictions have worked together to produce the Model Criminal Code Computer Offence.”

The Commonwealth has already produced legislation in its Cybercrime Bill 2001 based on these offences.

Senator Ellison said that he hoped that by this time next year all jurisdictions will have moved toward a common approach to cybercrime.

The Model offences target those who hack into protected information stored on computers, circulate destructive computer viruses or launch denial of service attacks to shut down websites. The offences also cover the unauthorised use of a computer with intent to commit a serious offence such as stalking, fraud or sabotage.

Main penalties for some offences provided for terms of up to 10 years imprisonment.

Senator Ellison said that the endorsement by the State-Commonwealth-Attorneys-General was an important step forward in bringing Australia up to international standards for cybercrime.

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