Privacy Inquiry Bill Rejected

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — 7:52 PM

A bill to set up an inquiry into privacy breaches within government departments has been defeated.

The Electronic Data Safety Bill’s sponsor Clare Curran said the bill was needed to ensure the Government’s use and storage of private data was done properly. The bill proposed establishing a Commission of Inquiry into privacy breaches within government agencies.

Melissa Lee said National would not be supporting the bill as it would cost millions of dollars to set up a “talk fest” and the issues around privacy were being addressed.

The bill was defeated by 61 to 59 with National, ACT and United Future opposed.

MPs began debating the first reading of the Education (Food in Schools) Amendment Bill.

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