Feeds

Government launches 'rights and freedoms' inquiry

Corporate regulations really weigh on the individual

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Internet freedomistas and lovers of individual liberty are celebrating that the Federal Government has decided to launch a review into laws “that encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges”...

Or they were, until they read through to the end of the announcement by Attorney-General George Brandis, and discovered that the Australian Law Reform Commission is being instructed to focus “in particular” on “commercial and corporate regulation, environmental regulation, and workplace relations”.

The A-G's media release says “This is a major instalment towards the commitment I made to restore the balance around the issue of human rights in Australia”, adding that ““For too long we have seen freedoms of the individual diminish and become devalued.”

Hence freedoms of speech, religion, movement and association are listed as being encroached – as previously noted, in particular by commercial, environmental and workplace regulation.

The A-G has recently received a report into Copyright and the Digital Economy from the ALRC, but has not yet tabled this in parliament. In late October, according to The Australian, Senator Brandis re-floated the idea of imposing blocks on file-sharing sites.

Senator Brandis' brief also fails to mention his department's oversight of the spy agencies ASIO and ASIS, implicated in recent spying scandals, but the ALRC's brief is wide enough to take their enabling legislation into account – if the twelve-month duration for the inquiry leaves it sufficient time. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
Activists told NOT to snap pics of staff at the concrete doughnut
Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?
Rent control: Better than bombs at destroying housing
What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?
Stop bitching about firearms fees - we need computerisation
Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media
Rise of Twitter etc creates 'enormous challenges'
Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email
Court wanted peek as related to US investigation
Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images
NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails
Grab your popcorn: Subterfuge and slur disrupts election run up
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.