George Brandis on privacy and secrecy

George Brandis in his farewell speech:

For more than four years, I was the minister responsible for domestic national security. That period coincided with the escalation of Islamist terrorism at home and abroad. I believe that we got national security policy right. …

There’s a vital balance needed between security and privacy, and for the most part, so far, Australia seems to have got it right.

Here he is explaining exactly how that works.

 

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19 Responses to George Brandis on privacy and secrecy

  1. stackja

    Here he is explaining exactly how that works.

    Mumble jumble.

  2. Rayvic

    As George Brandis appears to be admitting responsibility for the recent failures in national security, e,g, the siege at the Lindt Chocolate Café at Martin Place, Sydney on 15 December 2014; and Melbourne’s Flinders Street station attack on 20 December 2017, assumably Australia should be safer now that he has abdicated that responsibility.

  3. jupes

    FMD what a communicator!

    Has anyone ever spent money on this goose to represent them in court?

  4. Helen

    What did he say? I went to sleep.

  5. Marcus

    It really is a sign of the decline in the Liberal Party that the Sports Minister in the Howard Government was Attorney-General and Senate Leader in the Turnbull Government.

  6. Marcus

    I will say, though, that David Speers has an unparalleled ability to ask seemingly innocuous questions and have government ministers fall to pieces in front of him. Bill Shorten, George Brandis…

  7. Dr Faustus

    It really is a sign of the decline in the Liberal Party that the Sports Minister in the Howard Government was Attorney-General and Senate Leader in the Turnbull Government.

    Correct.
    Based on his abject stewardship of the Centrelink robo-debt scheme, I doubt Christian Porter will be a significant improvement.

  8. Up The Workers!

    So the new Attorney General is a “Christian Porter”???

    Well, that sounds a big improvement on the “Muslim Porter” who preceded him.

  9. RobK

    It’s excruciating that pollies can’t give one word answers when required.

  10. Jo Smyth

    Sometimes you just know life is better when certain people aren’t around. Brandis is one of them.

  11. Mr Anderson

    I think the term Brandis was for searching for – for about 5 excruiciating minutes – was IP address – the electronic address of the computer. That is not necessarily synonomous with the URL, but it’s close enough. Once you have that, unless the server is a host for something like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc, you essentially have the “content”.

    Therefore the notion that keeping the metadata is the same as keeping the phone numbers is absolutely laughable.

  12. Tintarella di Luna

    Brandis is a fat-headed oaf who thinks leftism is salvation.

  13. nemkat

    Has anyone ever spent money on this goose to represent them in court?

    It is hard to believe, jupes.
    Possibly someone who hated money, and was legally unable to buy a box of matches.
    The Courier Mail did report, in a jesting way, on George’s travails with gaining recognition as a QC.
    Apparently, the decision is made by some committee, and is usually pro forma, but in George’s case,he was initially knocked back.
    He eventually got there, but i have my doubts that it was for any courtroom prowess.

  14. cohenite

    George’s finest moment:

  15. nemkat

    This man could bore for Australia.
    In an IQ face off with Pauline Hanson, i don’t think either of them can crack 3 figures.

  16. Leo G

    In an IQ face off with Pauline Hanson, i don’t think either of them can crack 3 figures.

    I’ve noticed that intelligent people who are elected to public office often are determined to both reduce their IQ scores and increase their handicaps.
    But what is par for a parliamentarian? Surely not 100, as you suggest.

  17. md

    I haven’t listened to the video, because, quite frankly, I couldn’t care less what anyone in the government has to say.
    More generally, politicians all talk about ‘national security’ and ‘getting the balance right’ but the fact is that if they hadn’t imported the problem we wouldn’t have a problem. The same applies to the crime and violence problem that all major parties have imported into our country.
    They all know they will never have to answer for what they have done to our society.

  18. nemkat

    But what is par for a parliamentarian? Surely not 100, as you suggest.

    125? Wayne Swan was Dux at Nambour High in 1971, out of 35 or 40 doing Senior that year. That would have to rank him, IQ 120, at least.
    Although Mark Latham was Dux at James Ruse in 1979, and he doesn’t seem real bright.

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