"That is a frightening reality in itself," Stanton, who has been a vocal critic of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 right from the time the public draft was revealed in August last year, told iTWire.
The PJCIS released its report on Thursday following a review that it began soon after the bill was passed into law in December last year. But it made no recommendations about changes to the bill.
Stanton said he was not downplaying the efforts made by the panel in reviewing the bill, both before and after it was passed.
"The Bill that was designed to provide a path for urgently needed amendments to the Act is now stranded in the Senate, with no prospect of movement before the Federal election. The statutory review of the legislation, to be undertaken by the PJCIS — and the review by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor — seem unlikely to generate results before next year, 2020.
The PJCIS said on 27 March that it was referring the law to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Dr James Renwick, who has been asked to review the law and report back by 1 March 2020.
Said Stanton: "Meanwhile, genuine risks are posed to the cyber security of all Australians and lasting damage is being done to the Australian tech industry – right now.
"We note the commitment made by [Labor Shadow Minister for Human Services and the Digital Economy] Ed Husic in recent days that Labor will rewrite the legislation if it wins government in May.
"Whichever party forms the next Government, we will continue — in concert with the very broad coalition of worried stakeholders in Australia and around the globe — to push for sensible reform of these troubling laws."