Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


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

4:58 pm

Photo of Rex PatrickRex Patrick (SA, Centre Alliance) Share this | Hansard source

Minister, further to Senator Rhiannon's question, and following on from your answer, you said that, in order to make out the offence, the documents might involve a security classification. There are many, many different classifications that are used—such as 'cabinet in confidence', which is not necessarily a security classification; it's a protective marking but not a security classification per se. It could be about the Murray-Darling or some health initiative or something like that. There are other classifications such as 'restricted' and 'for official use only'. What's the bar? The normal classifications, military wise, are 'confidential', 'secret' and 'top secret'. They're kind of the normal military classifications. What's the bar?


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