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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 49


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (13:34): Thank you for that. With regard to the details that you spoke about, usually when people hear the words you've talked about they think they're about spy activity between various governments and giving away secrets that would be of advantage to other governments to use against us. But one of the aspects of this legislation that many people voice concern about is the fact of how it can flow over into economic interests, and not just government economic interests but also corporate economic interests.

Again, to use the example of exposure of things: we've seen exposure of draft trade treaties. If somebody were to reveal the content of a trade treaty—and we all know from debates in this place how much concern there was about the Trans-Pacific Partnership not being able to be made public—would that trigger the sorts of details that you described just then?