03 Dec Australian Gov’t Accuses Opposition of Supporting Terrorists Over Anti-Encryption Bill
Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann blasted the Labor party for not supporting the Assistance and Access Bill in full, adding that the opposition wants terrorists to be able to communicate beyond the reach of law enforcement agencies.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison likewise said that Labor Leader Bill Shorten was “happy” that could plot attacks using encrypted messages.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor also accused Labor of “running a protection racket for terrorists” by refusing to rush through laws around encrypted messages. Taylor was the previous Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity, and is the architect of the proposed laws that would give law enforcement easier access to encrypted communications.