Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007
Release Date: 21/03/1997
Release Type: Media Release
Transcript ID: 10278
Document: Original Transcript (PDF 42.18 KB)
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I took the opportunity of today's Premiers Conference to raise the
Commonwealth's concerns regarding proposals to implement a privacy regime
for the private sector. The Commonwealth opposes such proposals which will
further increase compliance costs for al Australian businesses, large and small.
4t a time when all heads of" govenunent acknowledge the need to reduce the
fegulatory burden, propolals for new composory regimes would be
pounterproductive. On those grounds, the Commonwealth will not be
implementing privacy legislgtion for the private sector.
I asked the Premiers and Chief Ministers not to introduce legislation on this
matter within their own jurisdictions. Both the Northern Territory and
Queensland have agreed not to introduce such legislation. Other States have
. indicated that they will consider the Commonwealth's request. I will be
; writing to the States on this matter.
I1 noted to the Premiers the Commonwealth's offer pf the services of the Federal
-Privacy Commissioner to assist business in the development of voluntary codes
iof conduct and to meet privacy standards.
21 March 1997