Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Questions without Notice


2:57 pm

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

I truly hope that we are in power for that sort of length of time, but, however long it takes, we will get this done. We've already started work on it within our first 12 months in office, as opposed to the former government which did absolutely nothing for nearly 10 years and all of a sudden has become wise after the fact. If only they'd had this insight when they were in government—if only. But 10 years went by, nothing was done, and now, yet again, it's a mess that we have to clean up. I have every confidence that this minister in this government will take action as quickly as possible to address these issues. The reviews are underway. The Attorney-General is seeking advice. These are things that never occurred under the former government. We take national security seriously, we take cybersecurity seriously, and that's why we're acting on it.


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