Thursday, 25 September 2014
National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014; In Committee
Senator Ludlam addressed at least part of his question to the opposition, so I will supplement Senator Brandis's comments with the point that the joint parliamentary committee probably spent the most time on issues addressing this particular matter, and the opposition remains confident with the outcome and the recommendations arising from that, which are reflected in the government amendment that makes clear that the offence only operates where a person is aware of a substantial risk that information relates to an SIO and it is unjustifiable to take that risk. Once again, Senator Ludlam, we would be relying on the consideration of the joint parliamentary committee.