Labor has pledged to bring forward legislation criminalising doxxing after more than 600 Jewish creatives had their details leaked, amid warnings the deliberate online targeting and harassment of Australian Jews was akin to “digital terrorism”.
A coalition of federal parliamentarians that includes independent MPs Allegra Spender and Zoe Daniel, Coalition MP Julian Leeser and Labor MP Josh Burns has been calling on Mr Albanese to criminalise doxxing and consider further protections.
- PM vows to crack down on doxxing, The Australian, 13th February 2024
Independent Goldstein MP Zoe Daniel told NCA NewsWire “personal information and identification should not be able to be used as a weapon”.
“It appears there is a gap in the law and it should be closed,” she said.
Doxxing attack on Jewish Australians prompts call for legislative change, Anthony Albanese responds, News.com.au, 13th February 2024
Teal MP for Goldstein Zoe Daniel, who represents one of Victoria’s largest Jewish populations, said she was engaging with the federal government on measures to combat antisemitism.
She said the targeting of Jewish businesses and the threats and violence was reminiscent of “the evil events of the 1930s that led directly to the Holocaust”.
Concerns were also raised about a lack of enforcement of the current laws created to protect Australians online.
Melbourne-based actor joins calls to ban doxxing after pro-Palestine activists target Jewish artists, Herald Sun, 13th February 2024