In the last few days there have been a number of articles on the Governments desire to access historical web and phone data.
Government defends web spy powers
Date: July 13, 2012
Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb
THE Gillard government has defended a plan to force telcos to store the internet and phone data of all Australians for up to two years, saying it is needed to allow our intelligence and police agencies to effectively target organised criminals and terrorists.
''In this day and age, an age where governments all around the world are grappling with the challenges of terrorism and organised crime, it is important that our relevant agencies have access to the information that they need,'' the assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, said.
The Coalition, however, has refused to throw its support behind the controversial data-retention scheme, with its legal spokesman, George Brandis, who also sits on the committee reviewing the proposal, only saying he would ''examine the issues...
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