Thursday, 28 June 2018
National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018; In Committee
Minister, you just said that it is a summary of the new provisions. But my question was actually about what the threats are. I think that is very relevant to the discussion here. What are the threats that warrant this legislation, which has come under enormous criticism? The government itself effectively acknowledged that by the fact that it recognised that it had to seriously amend the bill and there were 280 amendments, I understand. So my question was not about the actual provisions and the description of the new aspects of the espionage legislation that will play out if this goes through; my question was: what are the actual threats that warranted coming forward with this legislation?