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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2664 ..


This amendment seeks to insert a new section, 2H, into the bill, which would have the effect that the privacy protections in the bill prevail over other territory laws. This is quite important when we consider third parties attempting to access this data in the future. This cache of data should be given a higher level of protection than most territory data, simply because of its nature and because there is a compulsion on all residents basically to allow themselves to be tracked wherever they go. This gives rise to great concerns about how such data would be used.

I do not think that the bill as it stands has sufficient protection. I do not think that the justification given by the government that it has not been sought until now by the AFP is sufficient. Certainly, such commitments have been made before about data collection by government, and it turned out that I was right. I would love to be wrong in this case, but time will tell.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (5.41): As I indicated, the government will not be supporting this amendment. Accessing information for investigative purposes unrelated to contact tracing would indeed be contrary to the permitted purposes for which check-in information can be used under the bill. It is also important to bear in mind that check-in information is destroyed after it is no longer needed.

Mrs Jones, I recognise that all of your amendments are very well intentioned. This one also has pretty broad implications, and there was just no way that we could have considered the breadth of the implications of this amendment in the time frame available, so we will not be supporting this amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 5, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Domestic Violence Agencies Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 23 June 2021, on motion by Ms Berry:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (5.42): I am grateful for the opportunity to speak today on behalf of Mrs Kikkert, who has had to go home as she is unwell, on the Domestic Violence Agencies Amendment Bill, which the Canberra Liberals will be supporting today.

On 22 February 2016, a board of inquiry into system-level responses to family violence in the ACT was appointed, in the week following the horrific murder of


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