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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3583


Mr Georgiou asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 24 February 2009:

When does the Government plan to introduce legislation to: (a) establish the statutory office of National Security Legislation Monitor; and (b) implement the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of sedition laws.


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   As I announced on 23 December 2008, as part of the Government’s comprehensive response to the reviews of Australia’s security and counter-terrorism laws, the Government is progressing legislation to establish the statutory office of the National Security Legislation Monitor as a matter of priority. The legislation is being developed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department.

(b)   As I announced on 23 December 2008, as part of the Government’s comprehensive response to the reviews of Australia’s security and counter-terrorism laws, the Government will introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission with respect to the federal sedition laws. The Government is planning to release exposure draft legislation in the first half of 2009. This will provide an opportunity for public input prior to the introduction of any legislation into Parliament.