Senate debates

Thursday, 12 August 2021


Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Sunsetting Review and Other Measures) Bill 2021; Second Reading

11:12 am

Photo of Lidia ThorpeLidia Thorpe (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

[by video link] I rise with disappointment, it must be said, as I sought to refer the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Sunsetting Review and Other Measures) Bill 2021 to committee. I would still like to do that because it is important that this parliament review this legislation and provide proper community consultation. That's what we're here for, right? We don't represent ourselves. We represent the people who put us here. So we have a duty of care to take it back to the people.

I know the Liberals and the red Liberals don't want to do their jobs today. We know that the committee that the previous senator spoke about doesn't even have Greens representation on it. It's just a Liberal-Labor cosy affair that makes decisions for this country without consultation of the people. So I remind you all that you have to do your jobs. You get COMCAR to pick you up in the morning because it's taking you to do your job, and you have to do your job. Because you are failing in this regard, it's all the more reason why we need to have more Greens in power so that we have balance of power and so that we can hold you all accountable.

The Morrison government just realised that the provisions are about to expire. What? Who's running this country right now that they allowed legislation to expire when we're talking about terrorism legislation? Wake up! What are they doing? But obviously that's how they operate—do nothing until the very last minute and then try and look like they're doing something. Well, you can't con this little black gin. The—

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