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ABSTAINED – Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022 - Second Reading - Statutory civil cause of action

The majority voted against a second reading amendment introduced by NSW Senator David Shoebridge (Greens), which means it failed.

What are second reading amendments?

Second reading amendments like these don't make legal changes themselves, but instead represent the will of the Senate. They add words to the usual second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read a second time", which is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill.

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add ", and the Senate calls on the Government to introduce a bill into the Parliament to insert a statutory civil cause of action for serious invasion of privacy in the Privacy Act 1988, modelled on the Australian Law Reform Commission's 2014 report entitled Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era".


Date and time: 11:38 AM on 2022-11-28
Senator Pocock's vote: Abstained
Total number of "aye" votes: 12
Total number of "no" votes: 31
Total number of abstentions: 33
Related bill: Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022

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