Senate debates

Tuesday, 17 October 2023


Special Purpose Flights; Order for the Production of Documents

3:37 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

I note the order for the production of documents No. 309. The Senate, in relation to that, agreed:

… security agencies are best placed to complete threat assessments in relation to the security of politicians and their families;

I also note that, in the same order, the Senate also agreed that the Minister representing the Minister for Defence must comply with the order 'to the extent such information can be provided consistent with advice from security agencies'. I can confirm that the order was complied with consistent with the terms agreed to by the Senate. Further, I note the status of the order, as recorded in the document compiled by the Department of the Senate, is 'Order complied with'.

For the additional information of senators, I can also advise that, consistent with the order for the production of documents No. 311, the government has provided a copy of the revised draft special-purpose aircraft guidelines to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security along with a confidential briefing with agencies that inform the special-purpose aircraft guidelines. I thank the Senate.


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