Senate debates

Thursday, 25 September 2014


National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014; In Committee

7:26 pm

Photo of George BrandisGeorge Brandis (Queensland, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, Senator Collins, that is the case. For those who might be listening to this broadcast, to avoid any obscurity the opposition decided, as the government did, to put to rest what in my view is plainly a false issue. Nevertheless, we would explicitly exclude torture from the category of conduct that is capable of attracting an immunity in relation to a special intelligence operation. The opposition amendment was expressed in very slightly different language from the government's. The government's prohibition was, in fact, slightly broader than the opposition's. But in any event, I gave an indication to Senator Collins that there is not an issue between the government and the opposition, and that has been done. I think that is all I need to say.


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