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Govt drags chain on National Security Monitor…for another six months



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Govt drags chain on National Security Monitor…for another six months Published on Scott Ludlam (http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au)

Govt drags chain on National Security Monitor…for another six months

In what may rate as the slowest appointment in Commonwealth Government history, the Federal Government has still not appointed a National Security Legislation Monitor to review Australia's terrorism laws, six months after the legislation passed federal parliament.

Under questioning from WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam during Senate estimates today, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet chiefs admitted the crucial position has still not been filled and would only indicate it would be filled ‘soon.'

"I would have thought that if reviewing the more extreme elements of Australia's terrorism laws regime was important to the Government, that an appointment would have been made immediately after the legislation went through parliament back in April," Senator Ludlam said.

"The Department opted against publicly advertising this position to ensure the widest possible field of candidates, instead selecting from an internally generated shortlist. The position is now in limbo, with no indication from the Government when the part time position would be filled and begin the massive task of reviewing the sprawling proliferation of counter-terrorism legislation.

"This has to be taken as a sign that the Government isn't particularly interested in the vital work the reviewer will undertake," Senator Ludlam said.

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Source URL: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/govt-drags-chain-national-security-mo nitor%E2%80%A6-another-six-months

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