MEAA slams government’s metadata retention laws

MEAA slams government’s metadata retention laws

The union for journalists, along with crossbench Senators have slammed the federal government’s deal with Labor over proposed metadata retention laws.

Yesterday the Government offered to amend the bill so that agencies wanting access to journalists’ phone and internet records to find their sources would be required to obtain a warrant

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says if he is happy with the wording of the legislation Labor will ensure it passes by the end of next week.

But Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance chief executive Paul Murphy has slammed the move, saying a warrant will do nothing to protect journalists.

“Accessing metadata to hunt down journalists’ sources, regardless of the procedures used, threatens press freedom and democracy,” MEAA chief executive officer Paul Murphy said in a statement.

But the federal government has slammed the description, with Attorney General George Brandis labeling the comment as “outrageous hyperbole.”

Senator Brandis has told the ABC today “this law does not change the status quo, that’s the first point to be made.”

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