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Peter Dutton confirms plan to create new spying powers still being considered | Australia news

Peter Dutton has confirmed that a plan to create new powers to spy on Australians – which sparked police raids at the centre of the press freedom row – is still on the table.On Sunday the home affairs minister claimed it was “complete nonsense” that the government supported spying on Australians but, in the next breath, called for a “sensible discussion” about whether the Australian Signals Directorate should gain such powers, which he argued could help disrupt paedophile networks and stop cyber-attacks.On 4 June the Australian federal police raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst, investigating the alleged publication of “official secrets”.Keneally backs medevac laws after Dutton claims Labor may help repeal bill Read more The investigation relates to a report in April 2018 that the heads of the defence and home affairs ministries had discussed draconian new powers to allow the ASD to spy on Australian citizens for the first time.After the raids, several news outlets including the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Malcolm Turnbull had ruled out using Australia’s international spy agency to monitor Australians in a meeting of the national security committee of cabinet.On Sunday Dutton breathed new life into the proposal, despite telling the ABC’s Insiders program the report “wasn’t accurate”.“We don’t support spying on Australians,” he said. “That was a complete nonsense.“But where you’ve got a paedophile network that operates out of Manila that live-streams children being abused, there might be an ability for an Australian agency to try and shut that server down.“If that same server was operating in Fitzroy, here in Melbourne, then there would be very limited capacity in certain circumstances where it was masked or it was rerouted and … we weren’t able to shut that paedophile network down.Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning“Similarly, in a relation to an attack on our Australian banks. If...

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