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Australia Politics Live: Clare O’Neil Says Optus At Fault Over Data Breach; Labor Suggests Integrity Legislation Will Cover Third Parties

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Responsibility for security breach rests with Optus: Clare O’Neil

Minister for home affairs, Clare O’Neil takes a dixer on the Optus data breach. It’s the first major statement the minister has made on the subject, so here is what she said:

Optus have advised us this breach has revealed some personal data of 9.8 million Australians.

Of those 9.8 million Australians, significant amounts of personal data have been taken.

Responsibility for the security breach rests with Optus and I want to note that the breach is of a nature that we should not expect to see in a large telecommunications provider in this country.

Very substantial support has been provided by the Australian government and I want to credit the work of the Australian Signals Directorate, the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Australian Federal Police in that support.

For the Australian government more broadly come focus now is doing whatever we can to help protect Australians who are affected by this breach.

This is a very large multiagency effort which has seen many hundreds of public servants work through recent public holidays, through the night and straight through the weekends and the Albanese government thanks them for their effort.

The Australian government and the ACCC and APRA are working with the banking sector to see what additional steps can be taken to protect accounts.

It is legally and technically complex but they are working on a solution and providing additional protections on government platforms.

We expect Optus to continue to do everything they can to support their customers and former customers.

One way they can do this is providing free credit monitoring to impacted customers. This will help protect those customers from identity theft and I call on Optus to make that commitment today.

Put yourself into the shoes of an Optus customer. You might be one of the member of Gilmore ‘s constituents living in Batemans Bay, you might be a pensioner whose information has been stolen. This is a time of intense anxiety and a safety Optus, you can do it something about this problem today and we ask you to do that.

A very substantial reform task will emerge from a breach of the scale and size and there is a number of policy issues that I think the public will soon become quite aware of.

One significant question is whether the cyber security requirements we place a large telecommunications providers in this country are fit for purpose. I also noted that in other jurisdictions, a data breach of this size will result in fines amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

I really hope this reform task is something we can work on collaboratively across the parliament and I will speak in coming days about how we work through those issues in conjunction with other members of parliament.

Minister for home affairs, Clare O’Neil: ‘We expect Optus to continue to do everything they can to support their customers and former customers.’ Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Optus has announced it will provide 12 months of credit monitoring to customers affected by the breach of its data, after the minister for home affairs, Clare O’Neil called for the company to make the service available in parliament.

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Optus said in a statement that a 12-month subscription to Equifax Protect will be provided to all customers affected by the breach. Credit monitoring keeps tabs on changes to people’s credit reporting and monitors for suspicious activity.

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Optus said:

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The most affected customers will be receiving direct communications from Optus over the coming days on how to start their subscription at no cost. Please note that no communications from Optus relating to this incident will include any links as we recognise there are criminals who will be using this incident to conduct phishing scams.

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Zoe Daniel has one of the crossbench questions today:

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There’s reports the government has cut a deal with the opposition to weaken national corruption commission legislation to get it passed. Can you reassure the public third parties including unions, business and lobbyists seeking to corrupt government they could be investigated, and the commission could investigate serious pork barrelling as Labor proposed during the election campaign?

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Mark Dreyfus:

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I thank the member for Goldstein for her question and I thank her for her constructive engagement during my extensive consultation on the national anti-corruption commission.

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I have consulted across the Parliament, including the opposition, and the crossbench, in both houses, on the formation of the legislation.

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I look forward to introducing legislation for a national anti-corruption commission this week. The Australian people believe in integrity.

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The Australian people voted for a government which will deliver a powerful transparent and independent national anti-corruption commission.

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The commission will have jurisdiction to investigate serious or systemic corruption, and will form a central pillar in the integrity framework of our country.

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It will help restore trust and enforce standards of integrity and accountability in our federal government system. The government publicly released design principles based on the advice of experts…

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(there are interjections from the Coalition)

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…that will ensure the commission operates effectively.

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…In relation to third parties, the commission will have broad powers to investigate allegations of serious or systemic corruption of or by a public official. The commission will be able to investigate a corruption issue that could involve serious or systemic conduct by any person that could adversely affect the honesty or impartiality of a public official’s conduct.

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In relation to pork barrelling, decisions about the allocation of public funds should be made of course in the public interest. The government won’t be instructing the commission on what particular matters it can or cannot investigate. It will be up to the commission.

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If the commission considers the administration of a particular discretionary grants program gives rise to a serious or systemic corruption issue, then the commissioner will have the ability to investigate that issue. I hope all members of this Parliament can recognise the importance of this significant reform and support the

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Minister for home affairs, Clare O’Neil takes a dixer on the Optus data breach. It’s the first major statement the minister has made on the subject, so here is what she said:

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Optus have advised us this breach has revealed some personal data of 9.8 million Australians.

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Of those 9.8 million Australians, significant amounts of personal data have been taken.

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Responsibility for the security breach rests with Optus and I want to note that the breach is of a nature that we should not expect to see in a large telecommunications provider in this country.

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Very substantial support has been provided by the Australian government and I want to credit the work of the Australian Signals Directorate, the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Australian Federal Police in that support.

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For the Australian government more broadly come focus now is doing whatever we can to help protect Australians who are affected by this breach.

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This is a very large multiagency effort which has seen many hundreds of public servants work through recent public holidays, through the night and straight through the weekends and the Albanese government thanks them for their effort.

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The Australian government and the ACCC and APRA are working with the banking sector to see what additional steps can be taken to protect accounts.

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It is legally and technically complex but they are working on a solution and providing additional protections on government platforms.

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We expect Optus to continue to do everything they can to support their customers and former customers.

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One way they can do this is providing free credit monitoring to impacted customers. This will help protect those customers from identity theft and I call on Optus to make that commitment today.

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Put yourself into the shoes of an Optus customer. You might be one of the member of Gilmore ‘s constituents living in Batemans Bay, you might be a pensioner whose information has been stolen. This is a time of intense anxiety and a safety Optus, you can do it something about this problem today and we ask you to do that.

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A very substantial reform task will emerge from a breach of the scale and size and there is a number of policy issues that I think the public will soon become quite aware of.

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One significant question is whether the cyber security requirements we place a large telecommunications providers in this country are fit for purpose. I also noted that in other jurisdictions, a data breach of this size will result in fines amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

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I really hope this reform task is something we can work on collaboratively across the parliament and I will speak in coming days about how we work through those issues in conjunction with other members of parliament.

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The acting prime minister Richard Marles is in the big chair today.

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Peter Dutton:

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Acting prime minister, Australians are suffering under your government in relation to rising costs of living pressures at the supermarket, electricity and their gas bills, the gas station, when they renovate their homes and in relation to increasing mortgage payments that they have to make under your government. With these increasing pressures on Australian households, will the government rule out tax increases that will further increase cost of living pressures in the upcoming budget?

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Marles:

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I thank the leader of the Opposition for his question. Our position on tax as we took it to the election is and there are no changes to that position since the election. It is ironic that we get this question from the Opposition because one of the great myths of Australian politics is that the Liberals will always tax less when in fact the truth of the matter is that the highest-taxing government in Australia’s history is the Howard government and the second-highest taxing government in Australia’s history is the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government.

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Those opposite are the ones who go for higher taxes.

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In fact, when you think about it, over the last 10 years, if you were a Liberal and imagined that you were going to support a party which was about low taxes and small government and small spending and you look at this lot, it says everything about why Kooyong is no longer in their pile. We are committed…

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Peter Dutton has a point of order.

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It is on relevance. The acting prime minister is saying nothing to the households across the country in this arrogant contribution that he is making based on fiction, not fact.

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However, they are facts – as FactCheck have already ruled – because that is what the data shows.

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Marles continues his answer, but there is not a lot new in there.

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The minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten, is making his announcements on the NDIA:

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Australian Paralympic legend and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley has been appointed chairman of the board of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

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The NDIA board will also welcome new members Dr Graeme Innes AM and Maryanne Diamond.

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There are now five people with disability on the NDIA board, including current board members Leah van Poppel and Meredith Allan, the largest number in its history.

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Dr Denis Napthine, formerly chair, will return as a board member.

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After an extensive recruitment process, the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) will also have a new chief executive, with Rebecca Falkingham accepting the role.

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Falkingham has extensive experience leading departments and major projects in NSW and Victoria. She joins the NDIS after spending several years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety in Victoria.

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Falkingham will be the first permanent female chief executive of the NDIA.

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There is a bit of drama around franking credits (2016 – is that you?).

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The AFR published an article a few days ago about a review into franking credits, which has caused the usual players to get very upset (again, 2016? Hello)

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It’s complicated, but essentially the Australian Taxation Office wants to make sure that franking credits are being paid on actual profits, as they are supposed to be, and not just if extra capital is raised.

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But the kicker? It was actually first proposed by the Coalition government in 2016 who also wanted to close that loophole, but nothing came of it.

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Jim Chalmers says it is a minor change which will see the loophole taken care of:

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This is a Liberal party policy announced by treasurer Scott Morrison in the 2016 mid-year update. And this is a very minor change proposed by the Liberals who couldn’t get their act together on legislation, another mess that we’ve been asked to clean up which wasn’t done by our predecessors. It’s a very minor measure. It’s about capital raising and franking credits. It’s nothing like the proposal that we took to the 2019 election and have since abandoned – the Liberals know this because they proposed it in the first place. Proposed by the Liberals in 2016, left for us to legislate and implement, nothing like what’s been proposed in earlier years and since abandoned.

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Jim Chalmers was everywhere this morning.

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Here is part of his ABC radio RN Breakfast interview with Hamish Macdonald, when he was asked about the stage-three tax cuts:

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The conversation begins, we think, in areas like multinational taxes, I think that is the area which is most ripe for reform. I’ve been saying that for some time. And so the October budget will take some of the initial steps towards making sure that multinational corporations pay a fairer share of tax when they make their profits so that we can fund services in this country. I’ve said for some time I’m up for tax reform in that