Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014; In Committee
I want to take the Attorney-General to the other issue that has been raised, which is the fact that the prohibition on ASIS staff undertaking paramilitary activities, undertaking acts that involve violence against the person or the use of weapons does not preclude ASIS staff from being involved in the planning of activities to be carried out by other organisations. As I said, the spectre of Abu Ghraib and other very concerning incidents that have happened over the last few decades in terms of the treatment of prisoners and so on is very heavy in my consciousness. What prohibition would there be on ASIS staff being involved in the planning of activities that would then be carried out by other organisations that would be committing torture?