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How will the Data Retention Bill work?

It was tabled in government late last year, now a parliamentary committee is set to report on their findings. So, are they any the wiser?

Last week the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security tabled two public hearings in Canberra, talking to some of the organisations from the 200 submissions they received on the matter. Whilst many focused on the ethics of the proposal – which we ignore in this week’s podcast – there are still substantial questions about how it will work.

This week on CrossTalk we ask, if you were in parliament, would you vote for a bill that didn’t address within it, precisely what was to be collected, who would access it, how much it would cost and who would get paid compensation. In other words, are too many of the details left to regulation, creating a law that could prove costly for all concerned?

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