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Monday, 4 December 2017
Page: 9524


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:25): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Covert foreign influence against our political system can cause immense harm to our national sovereignty, the safety of our people, our economic prosperity and the very integrity of our democracy. This government has already embarked on a program of legislative and policy reform to ensure Australia's people and interests are protected from the threat of espionage and covert foreign interference. The Attorney-General has recently completed a thorough review of Australia's foreign interference legislation. The government will shortly introduce comprehensive reforms into the parliament to address a broad spectrum of foreign interference and covert political influence activity in Australia.

Question agreed to.