Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007; Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007; Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007; Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008; Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008

In Committee

12:28 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

The Greens oppose parts 3 to 6 in the following terms:

(1)    Parts 3 to 6, clauses 26 to 91, page 22 (line 2) to page 69 (line 11), TO BE OPPOSED.

This amendment opposes parts 3 to 6. I appreciate that we have substantial debates on parts 4, 5 and 6 so I do not want to go back over that old ground, but I do want to ask some specific questions about part 3, which is about the publicly funded computers. Again, these seem very broad ranging powers. I will put on record that I understand what the government is seeking to do with these amendments but they are very broad ranging powers that I want to clarify, the same as we did last night on the extent of the powers over the business management areas. I want to clarify the extent of these powers so that the community and this place are clear about the extent of them and what will and will not be done under them.

I have gone to the definition of a publicly funded computer and, as I understand the definition of a publicly funded computer: it is a computer that is owned or leased by any individual or a body whether incorporated or not that receives funding from a Commonwealth, state, territory or local government authority, or one that is on loan—in other words, as I understand it, the computer does not have to have been funded directly by any of those bodies; it just has to be owned by a body that is funded by the government. I also understand that this applies to any organisation that is being funded. Is that correct?

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