Senate debates

Thursday, 28 June 2018


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

11:26 am

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

Maybe if we take the money part out of it: a foreign entity seeks to influence a member—if you simply want to take these on notice for the next bill, I'm happy for that to occur. If someone were to come and talk to me very privately and they were from a foreign government, as happens from time to time—we have ambassadors visit us and so forth—and they were to, in some way, seek to influence my vote in this parliament, I presume that would be covered by privilege in the context that people have a right to discuss their views with a politician? I'm really going to the situation where it's perhaps one step removed, where they're seeking to influence a party outside of the parliament who will bring that influenced position into the parliament.


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