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Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Page: 6367

Second Reading

Consideration resumed of the motion:

That these bills be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:

(a) notes:

   (i) the absence of an oversight mechanism for decisions made under the Bill;

   (ii) the desirability, subject to appropriate arrangements to protect national security, of requiring the Minister to provide reasons for decisions, and a process for review of a minister's decision; and

   (iii) the lack of clarity in the definition of 'arrangements' in the Bill;

   (iv) the Minister should make an annual report to the Parliament outlining engagement with entities covered by the Bill, if enacted, to articulate and explain Australia's foreign policy and how entities should engage with foreign entities in Australia's national interest; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

   (i) address the regulatory gap of private universities;

   (ii) provide clarity on the treatment of the Port of Darwin in the Bill before the Bill proceeds;

   (iii) make clear how this regime will interact with the existing legislation and guidelines that work to safeguard Australia's sovereignty, including Foreign Investment Review Board processes, University Foreign Interference Taskforce Guidelines and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, and provide confidence that the Bill does not present a sovereign risk that will undermine investment and cost Australian jobs;

   (v) engage in genuine consultation with Australian entities covered by the Bill on the design of the regime; and