Telecommunications legislation to protect national security

Thursday, 10 November, 2016

The federal government has introduced legislation designed to better protect Australia’s telecommunications networks.

Australia’s national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing increasingly depend on the security and resilience of telecommunications services.

The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 will enable authorities to more efficiently identify and respond to national security threats.

The Bill is the result of extensive public consultation and responds to recommendations from the telecommunications industry. The government will refer the Bill to the bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for public inquiry. The proposed legislation reflects the approach previously recommended by the committee.

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