The Australian Labor Party has said that it will be dissenting with the government members on the panel that is inquiring into the encryption bill. But the government says it will be pressing on and presenting the bill in Parliament next week, the last sitting week for the year.
The push by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to bring the encryption bill to a vote before Parliament rises for the year is facing an obstacle, after Senate president Scott Ryan raised the possibility that powers in the bill could conflict with parliamentary privilege.
A group of industry associations are calling for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security not to scuttle the Parliamentary process and bow to government pressure to “wave through” the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 commonly known as the encryption bill.
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