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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Page: 6065

Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandDeputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (12:25): I am not going to rise to the bait, Senator Ludlam, but let me make a correction. I do not think anybody could rationally maintain that the disclosure by WikiLeaks of information held by governments which referred to individuals, including in many instances service personnel, was other than against the interests of many of those individuals, including those service personnel, and was, albeit the disclosure of documents held by governments, an appalling breach of privacy and safety of those individuals. That is what Senator Ludlam condones and, indeed, champions.

I do not think, though, that my colleagues will thank me for diverting this slightly arcane debate about the terms of this legislation into a broader discussion about the puerilities and narcissism of Mr Julian Assange, so I merely indicate, for reasons I have explained, that the opposition does not see the point of this amendment and will oppose it.

Question negatived.