The proposal raises many issues. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:“The telephone and internet data of every Australian will be retained for up to two years and intelligence agencies would be given increased access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.”
“A similar data retention regime proposed in Britain - though of only 12 months', rather than two years', duration - has been widely debated and England's Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has stated the case for such regimes has yet to be made.
For six decades ASIO has been the only Australian intelligence agency authorised to routinely collect intelligence on Australians but a specific legislative framework was created to protect people's rights.
However, under a proposed change officers from Australia's foreign intelligence services, ASIS and DSD, would be allowed to monitor Australia citizens overseas if an ASIO officer was not available.
Australians monitored by ASIS or DSD would presumably not have access to similar protections under the law.”
Similar proposals in the United Kingdom and Canada have been hotly debated. God protect us from those who trumpet the fear of terrorism to take away the rights of individuals to a greater degree than many repressive regimes in countries we would not chose to visit.
The Herald advises: “The review will seek public submissions for the next month and will then hold a series of public and classified hearings.”
If you don’t take the opportunity to raise your voices in protest then God help us all. All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men (and women) to do nothing.