Monthly Archives: June 2011
LOCAL MEDIA RELEASE Federal Member for Barton, Robert McClelland, announced the Gillard Government will invest in local services to assist refugees and migrants become self-reliant and settle in St George-Sutherland area.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland will today launch a new free, independent and confidential advice service for Darwin residents who are experiencing debt or credit problems.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the Gillard Government will provide additional one-off funding of $3.2 million for key programs that support Indigenous Australians in the criminal justice system.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the first Northern Territory Community Engagement Police Officers will finish their specialised training in Darwin tomorrow before heading to remote communities across the Territory as part of a two year community policing trial.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland will today open the third National Forum for the Prevention of Bushfire Arson in Canberra, which this year will focus on educating the community about arsonists and their behaviour.
The Hon Robert McClelland MP Attorney-General The Hon Brendan O’Connor Minister for Home Affairs and Justice A new Australian Institute of Criminology report that says witnessing domestic violence should be recognised as a form of child abuse show the Gillard … Continue reading
Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced Maitland City Council and Great Lakes Shire Council Shires in NSW are now eligible for disaster assistance from the Australian Government following last week’s flooding.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland today welcomed the passage of legislation through Parliament that will help ensure Trans-Tasman legal disputes can be more easily resolved and at a lower cost.
Attorney-General Hon Robert McClelland Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Hon Brendan O’Connor 22 June 2011 The Gillard Government will today introduce legislation to strengthen cyber security laws and enhance Australia’s ability to combat international cybercrime. Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the Government’s Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 sets the legislative framework to enable Australia’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime – the only binding international treaty on cybercrime. The Convention provides systems to facilitate international co-operation between signatory countries, as well as establishing procedures to make investigations more efficient, including: empowering authorities to request the preservation of specific communications (with access subject to a warrant in Australia); helping authorities from one country to collect data in another country; establishing a 24/7 network to provide immediate help to investigators; and facilitating the exchange of information between countries. To date, over 40 nations have either signed or become a party to the Convention, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and South Africa. Over 100 nations are also using the Convention as the basis to strengthen their legislation to combat the threat of cybercrime. The Government’s Bill makes three key changes: Preservation – enabling agencies to request the preservation of communications by a carrier that they intend to seek a warrant over; International Cooperation – providing Australian agencies with greater access to information stored overseas in the investigation of cybercrime and crimes committed using the internet; and Cybercrime Offences – extending the scope of existing Commonwealth computer offences to fully meet the requirements for such offences under the Convention. “As we exchange more information online, Cybercrime is becoming a growing threat to individuals, businesses and governments,” Mr McClelland said. “In the last six months alone, Australia’s Computer Emergency Response Team has alerted Australian business to more than a quarter of a million pieces of stolen information such as passwords and account details, allowing them to rectify and protect against potential attacks. “While Australian law substantially complies with the obligations in the Convention, the Government believes there is more we can do to ensure Australia is in the best position to tackle cyber threats that confront us, both domestically and internationally. “The increasing cyber threat means that no nation alone can effectively overcome this problem and international cooperation is essential. “Australia must have appropriate arrangements domestically and internationally to be in the best possible position to fight cybercrime and cyber security threats. “This Bill will facilitate Australia’s accession to the Convention and improve our ability to cooperate internationally.” Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor said the Convention covers crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security. “Consistent with the Convention, the Government’s Bill establishes procedures to make investigations more efficient and provide systems to facilitate international co-operation,” he said. “This is an important step to increasing the powers of Australian investigators to effectively combat cybercrime with increased international cooperation. “The changes will ensure that Australian legislation is consistent with international best-practice and enable domestic agencies to access and share information to facilitate international investigations.” The Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 amends the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987, the Criminal Code Act 1995, the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 and the Telecommunications Act 1997. Media Contacts: Ryan Liddell (McClelland) 0427 225 763 Jayne Stinson (O’Connor) 0458 547 512
Attorney-General Hon Robert McClelland Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Hon Brendan O’Connor The Gillard Government will today introduce legislation to strengthen cyber security laws and enhance Australia’s ability to combat international cybercrime.
Joint Media Release Attorney-General Hon. Robert McClelland MP Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Hon. Simon Crean MP The Gillard Government today announced former Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court, the Honourable James Spigelman AC, will … Continue reading