SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
TIM WATTS MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND
IMMITATION THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY ON CYBER SECURITY POLICIES
In the surest sign the Morrison-Joyce Government has no policy ideas of their own, this week they have adopted no less than three of Labor’s cyber security proposals.
Yesterday the Minister for Home Affairs, having left her homework for President Biden’s ransomware summit until the night before, took up Labor’s calls for a national ransomware plan and a mandatory notification scheme.
Concerned about the Morrison-Joyce Government’s inaction in the face of growing cybersecurity threats that prompted warnings from security agencies that attacks were adversely affecting Australian jobs and Australia’s economy, Labor called for a national ransomware strategy in February and gave the Government everything it needed for an effective strategy in our discussion paper.
In June we introduced the Ransomware Payments Bill 2021 into Parliament, mandating the reporting of ransomware payments to the ACSC.
Today, there are media reports that the Assistant Minister for Defence will announce a protective DNS scheme to block malicious web traffic for federal, state and local governments.
Labor called for such a scheme in May 2020 in our discussion paper ‘National Cyber Resilience: Is Australia Ready for A Computer Covid-19?’.
While any progress after years of inaction is welcome, Australians facing an onslaught of cyber-attacks are again left wondering why it’s always too little, too late for the Morrison-Joyce Government.
We will continue to offer constructive policy proposals on these critical national security issues. In future, the Government shouldn’t feel the need to wait so long before copying them.
If the Morrison-Joyce Government needs Labor’s help with their cyber security policies, they need only ask.
THURSDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2021