The government was handed a last-minute victory yesterday, with opposition leader Bill Shorten and shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus scrapping plans to amend controversial encryption legislation.
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Government legislation intended to help police and national security agencies intercept online communications has today been passed by both houses of parliament.
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has released an initial report on its scrutiny of the so-called encryption bill revealing details of the deal between the government and Labor that will see the controversial legislation pushed through the House of Representatives and Senate before parliament rises for the year.
The government says it is confident that a version of a bill intended to help police and national security agencies intercept and access encrypted communications will be passed by the end of the week.
An attempt by the government to push through major national security legislation has roused a chorus of concern, with groups representing lawyers, journalists and software companies calling on the Canberra to rethink its rush.