Thursday, 25 September 2014
National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014; In Committee
For reasons that Senator Xenophon has expressed, the Australian Greens will be supporting this amendment. It is correctly described as a fall-back position. It is not as strong as what we sought to do in the previous amendment—and one I foreshadow which will probably be the last one we will deal with tonight—where we sought to remove these provisions from the bill entirely. Senator Xenophon seeks to add an additional layer where the public interest is firmly in the minds of the court or perhaps would lead to these things not even being prosecuted in the first place. For that reason the Australian Greens are in strong support.