"Spy and law enforcement agencies will be able to snoop on suspected terrorists and criminals e-mails, SMS messages and voicemail under a measure passed by the Senate - but only for the next year. The Senate passed the government's problematic telecommunications interception legislation sought by police, regulatory and security agencies to facilitate their investigations.
But there will be a strict 12-month sunset clause.
In that time police will be able to apply for search warrants to inspect so-called stored communications. But under the new laws they won't have to seek the more difficult to acquire telecommunications interception warrant."
"The opposition backed the legislation."
"Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown warned that the government would control the Senate in 12-months and could simply re-introduce the bill in its current form.
"It is giving quite unprecedented powers in unprecedented technologies for citizens' information to be scanned through and become the property of a government agency or other persons or courts potentially unknown to the person involved," he said."