blog It’s not often you hear words of common sense emanating from Federal Attorneys-General with relation to technological issues — normally they’re far more interested in holding secret Internet piracy meetings without consumer representation, developing plans to monitor all Australian communications, avoiding pesky Freedom of Information requests; you know, the usual humdrum day to day stuff.
But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, the current AG Nicola Roxon may have come to see the light on the unpopularity of her department’s current wide-reaching surveillance package currently before the Federal Parliament’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“A controversial internet security plan to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years has been stalled by the federal government until after the next election.”
As shocked as we are that Roxon could be finally heeding the howls of protest emanating from other political parties, digital rights lobby groups, conservative thinktanks and, well, the general population of Australia regarding the surveillance package, it is true that the proposed new legislation will be unpopular. Is Labor desperate enough to win the next Federal Election that it will shelve this package until afterwards — as it appears to have done with its mandatory Internet filter? Roxon’s office hasn’t yet responded to an invitation by Delimiter today to confirm the story. Only time will tell.