Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018, Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2018; In Committee

10:35 am

Photo of Nick McKimNick McKim (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Minister, thanks for that response. I want to take you to section 90.4 and the definition of national security. This goes to the argument you've just made about someone needing to be reckless as to the intent of their actions. Can you please confirm firstly that 'caught' in the definition of national security is something which would engage a country's political or economic relationship with another country or countries? If that is the case, wouldn't you agree that somebody who blockaded a port or an export facility in trying to prevent the loading of live sheep exports would impact on Australia's economic relations with another country and, therefore, be caught under this definition?


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