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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital TerritoryAssistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation) (10:24): I'm just seeking some guidance as to the procedural way forward. These bills are being considered cognately, and we don't agree with them being separated—though obviously separate amendments will be considered separately. So I seek your guidance as to the procedure going forward. But we want to see these bills considered cognately, as was the understanding going into this debate.

The TEMPORARY CHAIR: Minister, effectively, leave is sought by the Senate to deal with them together, and Senator McKim's actions have effectively denied leave. So we will deal with the bills separately. We will deal with the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 first.

National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018