Thursday, 25 September 2014
National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014; In Committee
I indicate that I cannot support the Australian Greens amendments for a number of reasons. I have concerns with respect to the drafting. I do not understand the exemption as drafted. It appears to be internally inconsistent with the other amendments in respect of that. I think that there ought to be a public interest defence in respect of this. This seems to me to be somewhat too broad. I can understand the intent of what Senator Ludlam is trying to do but I think that in the way that it is drafted it is simply too broad. Also, there appears to be issues with respect to the drafting. This is not a criticism of Senator Ludlam but I think that I cannot support the amendment, principally for those two reasons.
If the amendment spoke in terms of public interest defence—that matters that were released were clearly in the public interest—then I would be minded to support it, but given its drafting I cannot support it.