Re: Only keeping what they already keep
Has Brandis actually gone on the record to say that they just need to start keeping things for longer that they "already keep"?
That will simplify things - there's a ton of stuff in the list I've seen which telco's definitely do NOT keep and all that bollocks about being able to store chat details is a large part of that.
Another point - do the KEEP it or keep it and make it queryable? Those are two very different things.
Given the history of major IT projects in this country it is possible that he's being genuinely misinformed rather than being deliberately misleading.
Maybe they will do what they did with the outsourcing of employment and hide a lot of the costs in other budgets (hint, look at the cost of compliance auditing for providers and see if that ever gets sheeted home as a part of the "successful" outsourcing of CentreLink).