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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7104


Senator BERNARDI (South Australia) (11:32): Thank you. I am no better informed, Minister. I understand you're saying exactly what the facts may be, but they don't assist in this circumstance. Let me give you a particular scenario. If we accept that Senator Dastyari, for example, has produced a video advocating for the redefinition of marriage—

Senator Dastyari: True. So far, true.

Senator BERNARDI: Thank you, Senator Dastyari. That's why I chose it—because I know it's true. If it doesn't contain the appropriate authorisations, but I decide to retweet it after royal assent of this bill, will I be in breach of the act? Or, if it is not Senator Dastyari but some unknown meme artist who has put something on Twitter, who may be in breach of the act: if I retweet it, would I then be in breach of the act because I'm acting as a publisher or a promoter of such?