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Smart Online Week 2015
12 October 2015
E & OE
Stay Smart Online Week 2015, online safety, new portfolio
Important week this week which business will be noting, but also can you
reflect on some of the changes you’re looking at in your portfolio?
there’s a lot to do in my portfolio. Obviously the continued roll-out of the
NBN. That is critical. The black spots program is critical for mobile phones
where there’s a lack of coverage in regional areas. And the Government’s
digital agenda to ensure that what Government does is more accessible. Too
often when Government designs its systems, its processes, it designs them on
the basis of what suits government rather than what suits the individual
citizen. And importantly we’ve got a big emphasis on cyber safety and cyber
security for kids. Which is one of the reasons why we have launched a commitment
to introduce the Children’s eSafety Commissioner which started on 1 July. And
why today we’re announcing a program to raise awareness for businesses and
individuals as to the risks that they face online. The risks that children face
online, but also the risks that businesses face if they don’t take action to
secure their data, to secure their systems.
the data retention laws are coming, obviously most of these with
Attorney-Generals, but are the telephone companies- are there many companies
ready to hold that data?
we do have a requirement that organisations retain data for two years. We have
a situation where because of changing business practices organisations weren’t
keeping data for the same length of time that they previously had. And why
that’s important, is for law enforcement agencies who may need to access
metadata from time to time. We haven’t really changed the circumstances in
which law enforcement agencies can access data, but what has changed and what
will change is the length of time which organisations have to keep that data.
We’ve applied some measures to assist those organisations with transitional
costs so there’s a fund, and those details are still being worked through, as
to how those funds can be accessed.
has Optus indicated they’re ready for this week? Are they ready? Have they said
to you they’re ready?
I haven’t spoken directly to any organisation about this. As you indicated,
this is primarily something for which the Attorney-General’s portfolio has
carriage, but I’ll be working closely with organisations to assist them where I
been an increased focus on children being radicalised online. Will you be
involved in those counter-terror talks later in the week- radicalisation talks
that the Government and the Prime Minister is holding?
if my input is sought then I’ll stand ready to assist. But I think there could
well be a role for someone such as the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. A lot
of skill, a lot of expertise is held in that office. And as I indicated earlier
the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, his remit does expand a little broader
than his title might suggest.
the big banks are all supporters of this program [indistinct]. What’s the
interest to banks in this Stay Smart Online campaign?
it’s important for banks that their customers, many of whom are small, medium,
micro-sized businesses, have good systems, have good processes. The banks are
good corporate citizens, and the banks want to make sure that their customers
aren’t vulnerable to these sorts of criminal activities.
I ask you as Minister what your approach to ABC and SBS is specifically given
the last funding cuts in 2014?
my approach is that I recognise that the ABC and SBS are important
institutions, that they do have a strong levels of support in the community and
that they play a role. It’s important that those organisations are well
resourced. They have been well resourced under this Government. And they’ll
continue to be well resourced.
that finished now? Are you revisiting any of those funding allocations from
the budget for the ABC and SBS is laid out, but we will be starting the
discussions about the next triennium in the future.
supported Malcolm Turnbull to become Prime Minister, are you disappointed in
the Newspoll result today that shows yes while he’s personally popular the
Coalition hasn’t gone in front of Labor?
I think Malcolm has had an extremely good start as Prime Minister. He has I
think got a good tone, and a good way of talking with the Australian public. As
a government we want to be in the business of explaining to the public what are
the challenges that face us as a nation and what the solutions to those are,
and I think Malcolm has done a good job of that and will continue to do a good
about how he’s communicating with party members? He was laughed at on the
weekend at the New South Wales Conference.
I’ve been to many part forums in my time and one of the great things about the
Liberal Party is that people have the opportunity to express themselves. And
look we’re a robust party and that sometimes happens in a bit of a robust
there some thoughts for Mr Abbott today?
look we want to work well with all of our colleagues. And we’re focused on the
people’s business. And that’s important I think for all of us in Parliament to
keep our eyes on the reason we’re here.
Thanks very much.
Luisa Anderson | 0417
309 812 | Luisa.firstname.lastname@example.org