The majority voted against a motion to refer certain surveillance related matters to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee. The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 June 2014:
(a) the implications of revelations regarding surveillance of private communications and the indiscriminate interception of personal data by the US National Security Agency and other agencies for the Australian government, businesses and citizens, including risks to:
(i) Australian citizens' fundamental human right to privacy, freedom of expression, the presumption of innocence and the protection of data,
(ii) Australia's diplomatic relationships in the region, and
(iii) increased compliance costs and risks to business through the undermining of confidence in the security of commercial data and encryption standards;
(b) appropriate measures to address, mitigate or eliminate these risks; and
(c) any other relevant matters.