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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

8 December 2004 205/2004

GOVERNMENT DELIVERS ON NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today presided over the passage through the Parliament of a suite of legislation which will ensure Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements remain responsive to the ever-changing global security environment.

Four separate Bills were passed today, delivering on the Government’s election commitment to re-introduce important legislation which had been held up by the Opposition.

“Only two months from the federal election the Coalition has signalled its clear intention of getting on with the job of protecting and securing Australians and their interests,” he said.

“I made it clear today the Government will work cooperatively to deliver strong and effective legislation.

“I welcome robust debate on these important issues but will not tolerate delays caused by the Labor Party’s insistence on referring to Committee legislation which could be worked through in the Parliament.”

The National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill was an example of the government’s willingness to make appropriate compromises in the national interest.

“The Opposition made amendments to the Bill - some were accepted, while others we felt undermined the intent of the legislation and therefore, were not acceptable,” he said.

“I invite the Opposition to continue to work with the Government to progress legislation in a practical and timely way.”

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