Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


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

10:40 am

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

Obviously, ultimately these would be matters for the courts, but we've set out how the legislation applies. What we're talking about is that what this turns on is unjustifiable risk and unjustifiable actions. When someone is setting out or is reckless as to the fact that their actions are going to affect national security, potentially, then the elements are made out. But where someone sets out to make a political point, to protest about animal welfare, obviously that is in a different category in terms of what their intent is and what the fault element is in relation to an offence.


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