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AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (TERRORISM) BILL 2002

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Melham who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "the House:

(1) notes with concern:

 (a) the Government's response to the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD is inadequate;

(b) the Government proposes that, for the first time, Australians not suspected of any offence could be detained by ASIO for questioning;

(c) the Government proposes those detained by ASIO do not have the right to legal advice for the first 48 hours of their detention;

(d) the Government proposes children can be detained by ASIO for questioning; and

(e) the Government's proposals will significantly change the role of ASIO by giving it powers of coercion and detention; and

(2) expresses the view that this Bill contains serious compromises to civil liberties and alternative approaches should be more thoroughly explored in place of the measures proposed in this Bill".

Debate continued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.