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Tuesday, 8 November 2016
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Senator McALLISTER (New South WalesDeputy Opposition Whip in the Senate) (17:00): I am also seeking to comment on the Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill report that was tabled out of session. Is it appropriate that I do that now?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Gallacher ): Certainly.

Senator McALLISTER: Thank you. Labor senators, of course, will have more to say on this issue when the bill comes before the Senate. Today I want to take the opportunity to speak to the process that the parliamentary joint committee went through in reviewing the bill. In particular, I would like to highlight some of the issues that Labor members were focused on through the committee process.

Labor supports the intent of this bill. We acknowledge the threat that terrorism poses for Australians and our responsibility to curtail this risk. We also acknowledge the extraordinary nature of the provisions that this bill seeks to establish. Our concern has been to ensure that proper scrutiny was applied to the provisions of this bill, and as always we seek to strike the appropriate balance.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I am advised that you are actually speaking to a report that will come up a fraction later.

Senator McALLISTER: I did seek advice, but thank you. I am happy to defer my remarks until later.