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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4397

Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital TerritoryAssistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation) (17:39): In terms of the kinds of issues that are dealt with in this bill, ASIO has always engaged in examining and investigating these particular activities, so to that extent nothing changes. But it's difficult for me to add much more to the answer to your question other than to reiterate that we've looked at these criminal laws, the activities of ASIO will continue, the oversight of ASIO and our intelligence agencies will continue to be increased and properly resourced, but in passing this legislation, if that's what the Senate chooses to do today, we will have stronger criminal laws, and at the end of that we will have a series of processes, and of course that engages most particularly the AFP and our justice system.