Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


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

5:40 pm

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

So you direct it at ASIO. Look, it's not a secret that ASIS operates outside Australia. In fact, the law requires that they don't operate inside Australia. They're not involved in surveillance and activities inside Australia. It's no secret what DSD might do as well. That's not generally a secret. I'm not getting down into the details of those operations. I'm just trying to understand whether or not we would—and I'm actually presuming, from some of the material that's in the intelligence review that led to this legislation that it's an integrated approach that you take when you are looking to detect and gather evidence and prosecute people under this sort of legislation.


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