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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 2257


Senator LEYONHJELM (New South Wales) (09:39): My understanding is, in procedural terms, that general questions are dealt with prior to individual amendments, so I was acting on that assumption. I have some questions I would like to ask the Attorney. Minister, yesterday you suggested I am a purist libertarian in opposing this bill. I would like you to now demonstrate that you are not being a purist authoritarian in putting forward the bill and others that have preceded it. I invite you to give the chamber an assurance regarding all the changes to national security legislation sought by national security agencies and your department in the lead-up to the introduction of this bill. I am not inviting you to divulge the nature of any of those sought after changes. Instead, I would like you to give an assurance that the government rejected at least one of the substantive changes sought by national security agencies and your department. Can you give that assurance?