Senate debates

Monday, 9 December 2013


Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

4:30 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Since this parliament was re-established there have been a wide variety of issues reported in the media and discussed in this place relating to surveillance, intelligence agencies, national security and those sorts of matters. Each time I rise to bring attention to these matters, government and opposition have reminded me that the principal oversight of these agencies and matters in Australia is provided through the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. That would be wonderful if such an entity existed, but I rise—and this is the purpose of this motion—to point out to the Senate that, as it stands, this committee has not yet been stood up. This government has been in power for more than three months, but this committee still does not exist. I thought it had actually disappeared off the website with some of Mr Abbott's speeches. It has been brought back; so should this committee. I commend this motion to the chamber.


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