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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4396

Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital TerritoryAssistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation) (17:35): I can't comment on most of what you've discussed there, and I won't. But the oversight is increasing—there is the $52 million to augment the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security in the budget. So there's a significant increase in oversight. But when it comes to the matters we're dealing with in this legislation, there will be greater scope, potentially, in certain circumstances to prosecute certain individuals. That is a matter for the legal system; it is not a matter for the intelligence agencies.

The processes that we have are very robust processes. We have due process in the courts, and that will take care of the issues that would potentially flow from this legislation passing, which is that, potentially, certain acts are more likely to fall foul of the criminal law and therefore be more likely to be prosecuted and therefore go through the courts. We are overseeing it, with the $52.1 million to augment it in the budget, but I can't comment on any of those other issues you've raised.