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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:05): I want to go back to the example, but I did want to pick up on your response to my last question. You made the point, which is very apt, that espionage measures have existed in the law of this land for a long time—which is actually very relevant to the fact that we have this new legislation before us. Why was it judged that new legislation on espionage was needed, considering you've said it's already in the law? In answering that question, could you also advise what the threats were that you judged required that this new law was needed?