[LINK] [Fwd: RE: Please stop the Assistance and Access Bill]

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Wed Dec 5 14:21:05 AEDT 2018

What's the point? Why do they waste my time and theirs with crap like
this? It's no better than the auto-response I got to the original

Regards, K.

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From: "Noveska, Radmila (M. Kelly, MP)" <Radmila.Noveska at aph.gov.au>
To: 'kauer at biplane.com.au' <kauer at biplane.com.au>
Subject: RE: Please stop the Assistance and Access Bill
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 03:11:08 +0000

Dear Mr Auer

Thank you for your email to Dr Kelly regarding the Telecommunications
and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill.

Dr Kelly has acknowledged your email and has asked me to respond on his

Labor has spent five years responsibly improving national security
legislation to make Australians safer, and we have done the same thing
this week. 
The government have made important concessions on its earlier positions
on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance
and Access) Bill.
It appears the government will agree to proposals by Labor that will
ensure there is better oversight and limitation of the powers in this
bill, and better safeguards against potential unintended consequences.
These are still subject to agreement by the Parliamentary Joint
Committee on Intelligence and Security, and further details will be
contained in its report on the bill.
The changes include limiting the application of the powers in this bill
to only serious offences, properly defining key terms in the bill, and
requiring a “double-lock” authorisation process for Technical
Capability Notices.
Importantly, the PJCIS will continue its scrutiny of the bill into
2019, allowing for outstanding concerns to be worked on and further
amendments considered in the new year if necessary.
Following the extraordinary interference with this committee by the
Minister for Home Affairs and Prime Minister, Labor welcomes the
constructive negotiations conducted with the Attorney-General over the
past two days.
Dr Kelly and Labor are very clear – this bill is far from perfect and
there are likely to be significant outstanding issues. But this
compromise will deliver security and enforcement agencies the powers
they say they need over the Christmas period, and ensure adequate
oversight and safeguards to prevent unintended consequences while
ongoing work continues – just as Labor proposed.
Labor has issued a call to the government – the trashing of bipartisan
process and politicisation of national security that has occurred over
the past month must never happen again. There is nothing more important
than keeping Australians safe – the government must remember that.

Thank you again for writing to Dr Kelly on this important issue and if
there is any federal matter Dr Kelly can assist you with, please do not
hesitate to contact our office.

Kind regards,

Radmila Noveska
Office of The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
Federal Member for Eden-Monaro
Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry and Support
t: 02 6284 2442

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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