Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth).
Overall, industry recognises the importance of protecting the safety and security of the Australian community, both in the physical and online realm. Indeed, Ai Group works closely with governments and their agencies on improving Australia's safety and security in a diverse range of areas. In this mix, the eSafety Commissioner has an important specific role to promote a safe online environment.
Our submission therefore does not object to the underlying intention behind the legislation, which is to provide appropriate online safety protections for the Australian community against sharing of abhorrent violent material (AVM). Instead, we seek improvements in the legislation to enable procedural fairness, and clarity on scope and various other aspects regarding the legislation that may not have been previously taken into account when the AVM Act was originally passed through Parliament.