Labor backdown welcome
Australia is a safer place as a result of the passage of the encryption laws in the Senate tonight.
This ensures that our national security and law enforcement agencies have the modern tools they need, with appropriate authority and oversight, to access the encrypted conversations of those who seek to do us harm.
Labor's decision is, finally, a sensible one that puts the safety of Australians above political point-scoring.
To ensure the passage of the bill through the Senate tonight, the Government has agreed to consider Labor's proposed amendments in the New Year if any genuinely reflect the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.