Labor backdown allows Federal Government to pass controversial encryption laws

 abc.net.au  12/6/2018 8:36:32 AM  2

Updated December 06, 2018 19:50:11

Security agencies will gain greater access to encrypted messages after a Labor backdown allowed the Federal Government to pass its legislation on Parliament's final sitting day.

Labor had planned to amend the legislation, which it has repeatedly described as flawed.

But late on Thursday Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced Labor would pass the laws provided the Coalition agreed to make certain changes in the new year.

Labor then pulled its amendments in the Senate and the bill was passed before Prime Minister Scott Morrison had even responded.

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Topics: government-and-politics, federal-government, security-intelligence, australia

First posted December 06, 2018 19:36:32

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