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Anthony Albanese tells Optus to cough up for the passports of the 10 million Aussies


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong have called on for Optus to pay for taxpayers' passports after the data breach

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong have called on for Optus to pay for taxpayers’ passports after the data breach

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has demanded Optus pay for new passports to be issued for the up to 10 million Australians whose personal data was stolen by a hacker. 

Foreign Minister Penny Wong wrote to the Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin making the demand on Wednesday. 

‘There is no justification for these Australians – or taxpayers more broadly on their behalf – to bear the cost of obtaining a new passport,’ Ms Wong said. 

Millions of affected Optus customers are already queuing up for new Medicare numbers and driver’s licences as federal and state governments takes action to help those embroiled in one of the worst tech breaches to ever hit Australia.

Among the cache of information stolen from Optus were driver’s licence numbers, passport details, Medicare numbers, dates of birth and home addresses. 

Health Minister Mark Butler…