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Thursday, 25 September 2014
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Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Victoria) (19:06): I should indicate, again, consistent with the responses I have given previously, that Labor cannot accept these amendments at this stage. The Labor Party agreed to a process with the government that involved joint committee consideration of proposed changes, and I am advised that this issue was not canvassed in that process and that these matters have not been considered by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. We are concerned that what is proposed here is an increase in penalties tenfold, and, whilst there may well be—

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator JACINTA COLLINS: as senators are currently interjecting, a good argument to that effect, I think, consistent with the process that Labor agreed to with the government, those issues should be addressed by the parliamentary joint committee and, as I pointed out previously in relation to amendments that have been proposed by other senators, that opportunity does indeed exist in relation to the next tranche of measures.

So we are not necessarily opposed on the issue of dealing with penalties, but, at this stage of the process, as indeed regarding some of the other amendments that have been proposed, Labor would like to see the process that we signed onto in the first instance proceeded with.