5 October 2003

When is a spam bill not a spam bill?

EFA has a rather harsh report on the new "anti-spam" bill going through Federal Parliament at the moment.

I think it says pretty much all you need to know that it exempts anything sent by "registered political parties" from ever being spam. But it's much, much worse than that. It allows the Australian Communications Authority to search and seize computer equipment, without a warrant. I'm sure our new Minister for IT, Darryl "Never saw a warrantless search he didn't like" Williams will be fixing that soon

This leads right back to my argument that Australia badly needs an enforceable bill of rights so that we would not have to worry, for example, about the enthusiasm of politicians for warrantless searches.

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