Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018; In Committee

4:36 pm

Photo of Zed SeseljaZed Seselja (ACT, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation) Share this | Hansard source

In relation to the first part, as you'd be aware, 82.1(d) defines damage to public infrastructure:

(d) the conduct limits or prevents access to it or any part of it by persons who are ordinarily entitled to access it or that part of it;

I think the answer to that would be yes. In relation to the second part of your question, it is in 82.2, public infrastructure; 82.2(e) reads:

(e) any infrastructure, facility, premises, network or electronic system … that:

(i) provides or relates to providing the public with utilities or services … of any kind; and

(ii) is located in Australia; and

(iii) belongs to or is operated by a constitutional corporation or is used to facilitate constitutional trade and commerce.

Obviously, it would depend on a number of circumstances as to whether it fit that definition.


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