April 30, 2013 12:00A
CASSANDRA Wilkinson is right (“Some questions to be asked about ASIO’s powers”, 27-28/4). The laws enabling state intrusion into our lives are too important to be left to the espiocrats to draft, especially when they are proposing the internet communication of every Australian be stored for two years.
ASIO argues that the law should be modernised to take account of the information revolution. At present, separate warrants are required for each kind of snooping – email, internet, post, telephone. ASIO wants the lazy way – spy on everyone.
Instead, the government should create a single warrant for state intrusion. It should be granted on application to a Federal Court judge only after ASIO has shown reasonable cause. And the law should be subject to regular parliamentary oversight.