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Debate on #aabill getting underway in the House of Reps. You can watch here.…
Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus security of the community must be "paramount" in parliament and Labor has shown it puts national security ahead of partisan politics.
He says national security agencies must be given powers they need to keep Australians safe, but must be proportionate, and with appropriate oversight.
Dreyfus said the public consultation on the legislation was very short, given it is 175 pages long.
He said it became clear that many affected orgs were hardly consulted at all before the draft was released, including the inspector-general of intelligence and security and the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
Dreyfus says the government is still working with Labor to define what "systemic weakness" actually is. So it seems they're debating while amendments are still being drafted.
Dreyfus admits the legislation poses a severe risk to IT exports.
Yes, I am expecting the "but" here soon.
Dreyfus says there are "significant outstanding issues" with the legislation but the changes will give agencies the power they need with significant oversight, while the bill is further reviewed next year (when it is in effect)
So Labor is admitting it is supporting what it believes to be flawed legislation
Dreyfus says the draft amendments will be moved in the Senate (I heard in the House of Reps, see above re whatamess)
If they're moved in the Senate, they'll THEN have to go back down to the House of Reps. So it's either going to be a very short debate, or a very long day.
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