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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Page: 2431

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:43): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: The issues addressed in this motion regarding facial recognition technology are relevant to the Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018, introduced by the government this year. Those bills have been referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for review. That review is ongoing and will rigorously examine the legislation and the evidence provided by a number of individuals and organisations. Labor does not support this motion because it pre-empts any findings or recommendations that the intelligence committee may make.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 786, as moved by Senator Steele-John, be agreed to.