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FOR – Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022 - Second Reading - Additions to the bill

The majority voted in favour of a second reading amendment introduced by Victorian Senator James Paterson (Liberal), which means it passed.

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 ", but the Senate calls on the Government:

(a) to clarify key definitions in the bill, in particular the meaning of 'serious' and 'repeated' in relation to breaches under the Act;

(b) to develop a tiered penalty regime that could take into account less severe breaches, and that seeks to differentiate between companies that have acted with malice and those that have taken all reasonable steps but have fallen victim to a cyber attack;

(c) to direct the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to issue guidance material that addresses the application of penalties, and clarifies best practice for compliance with the regime; and

(d) to consider the adequacy of current resourcing and staffing levels for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Australian Cyber Security Centre for each to perform their functions, and to address all of the concerns raised by the former government in the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021".


Date and time: 11:45 AM on 2022-11-28
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 40
Total number of "no" votes: 20
Total number of abstentions: 16
Related bill: Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022

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