Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


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

10:39 am

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

Thanks. Even though I've still got some concerns around intent, I do want to ask some questions about the recklessness aspect of this. Let's say someone did want to make a protest for a political reason to make a point about animal cruelty, as you've raised in a couple of your responses moments ago, so they decided to do that unlawful protest by blockading a port where live sheep were being loaded for export. They were doing it with the intent of making a political point, but they knew that their actions would damage Australia's economic relations with the country to which these sheep were being exported. Wouldn't they then be caught by the sabotage provisions of this legislation because of the way 'national security' is defined in proposed section 90.4?


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