"New laws giving law enforcement agencies the power to access phone calls, e-mails and text messages from innocent people were passed by the Senate today".
This new legislation, the subject of a Senate inquiry, has attracted little media coverage. No doubt the Commonwealth Games "news" and the on-going AWB enquiry was a convenient distraction.
Now, as the SMH has just reported the Bill has been passed - with the Government having the numbers.
1984 has truly arrived! This new legislation is an intrusion on civil liberties even if brought in under the guise of anti-terrorism laws.
With the general public being apathethic they have only themselves to blame if they see their privacy and liberties eroded one by one.