[LINK] Too little too late? Email to Mike Kelly: Please stop the Assistance and Access Bill

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Wed Dec 5 10:26:22 AEDT 2018

And (sigh) I misplaced an apostrophe. Bugger.

I sent it with a GPG/PGP signature :-)

Regards, K.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au>
To: mike.kelly.mp at aph.gov.au
Subject: Please stop the Assistance and Access Bill
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:21:15 +1100

Good morning Dr Kelly

Please do NOT help the Government pass the Assistance and Access Bill.

The amendments offered by the Government will in NO WAY change the
fundamental nature of the planned legislation which

a) utterly lacks the transparency and judicial oversight that a
democratic society requires.

b) will horribly damage the competitiveness of Australian IT businesses
and Internet providers. They will be relegated to the same level of
trustworthiness as Russian or Chinese providers. Think Huawei.

c) if the provisions are actually used, will in spite of the assurances
of the Government, weaken the cybersecurity of every Australian (and in
point of fact every Internet user worldwide). It is a certainty that
any weakness introduced, even if intended for good, will be exploited
by bad actors. Not even the NSA can keep its secrets or its tools in-

This is a classic case of a law that will catch the stupid, put the
law-abiding at risk, and have no effect on anyone else. Real law-
breakers AND those law-abiding people who wish their communications to
remain private, will simply move to end-to-end encryption.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is not a
group of insiders there just to enjoy being "in the loop". The PJCIS is
there to keep law enforcement and agencies like ASIO honest. It is
there to put a brake on their zeal, to prevent overreach and ensure
that the interests of the Australian people are represented.

This legislation is fundamentally broken. Hundreds of bodies,
Australian and otherwise, have spoken against this misguided Bill. It
cannot be repaired, as it's basic premise is flawed.

I beg of you to do all that you can to resist its passage.

Thank you,
Karl Auer, Lochiel.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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