Nicola Roxon in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 July 2012 said “''The case has yet to be made'' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years.” .
Australians cannot stand idly by and watch their civil liberties be wiped out in the name of counter-terrorism or as the cost of law enforcement agencies being able to catch the bad guys..
Ms Roxon went on to say ''I am not yet convinced that the cost and the return - the cost both to industry and the [civil liberties] cost to individuals - that we've made the case for what it is that people use in a way that benefits our national security. I think there is a genuine question to be tested, which is why it's such a big part of the proposal.”
We cannot remain silent. We cannot accept it is reasonable to surrender our right to privacy as the cost of giving law enforcement agencies an increased chance of capturing wrong doers.
We live in a country that prides itself on the concept of a fair go. My grandfather fought in Gallipoli as one of the original ANZACS and Australians have fought all over the world in the defence of the right of individuals to live in freedom.
We cannot allow that freedom to be legislated away so that every time we use the internet it is recorded and potentially made available to law enforcement bodies in the argument that it is for the better good, in the public interest.
We cannot accept that the only way to catch those who threaten our country or commit crimes is to act as they do, to give up our right to be free individuals. We should not have our law abiding lives inspected under the microscope by law enforcement in order to detect law breakers.
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is calling for submissions to be received by Monday, 20 August 2012. Submissions may be sent by e-mail to the following address: email@example.com
or lodged in hard copy, preferably accompanied by an electronic version on disk, addressed to:
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
PO Box 6021
CANBERRA ACT 2600
The terms of reference and the discussion paper are attached.
Please take action to voice your concerns and objections to the proposal. There will be no benefit in objecting when it is too late.