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Land Titles Amendment Bill 2022

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 30 March 2023

Tags: Legislation

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Speaker, we do not have any issues with this bill which, quite possibly in my current clean-up, I have thrown out. We will be supporting the Land Titles Amendment Bill. I appreciate the contribution made by Mr O'Byrne and his comments on how long it has taken.

The question I have for the minister relates to that time when, presumably, the state will have an almost entirely electronic conveyancing system so presumably land titles will be lodged and retained electronically. What happens if, for example, there is a massive hack of the land titles system? Yes, you can argue that some of the provisions this bill enables today can strengthen the security and identification processes of the conveyancing and land titles registration system, but just as a move to completely electronic voting, for example, which the Greens will never support, has its security risks associated with it, arguably the move to a completely electronic land titles registration system has potentially significant security risks associated with it.

We have seen in recent years very significant cyber-attacks on entire government systems, whole health systems, massive thefts of personal, and very private data. What is the thinking about how you would secure a system that is a completely electronic land titles system? In the event, for example, a malicious actor was able to hack and disable the entire Tasmanian Government's databases, arguably they could disappear all evidence of property ownership. We are interested to know what the thinking is in relation to how you would secure an electronic land titles system in the event that we ever actually move to a completely electronic system.