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Senate terror law process compromises parliament: Greens.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Senate terror law process compromises parliament - Greens

14th Nov 05

Parliament is being compromised by the disgraceful truncation of the Senate inquiry which began in Sydney today, Greens Senator Bob Brown said.

The three day hearings will all be in Sydney, outside the reach of Hansard video record. Senators (12 appeared today) were given an average of less than 15 minutes to ask questions about the complex, controversial, 137 page piece of legislation.

The Chair, Senator Payne, cut short Senator Brown’s questioning of the Attorney-General’s Department’s Geoff McDonald as he struggled to assure senators that journalists would not be detained by the new sedition provisions. Mr McDonald said that a shield provision for journalists, incorporating the Attorney- General’s reassurances that such matters as protecting journalists and their sources, was not needed.

Senator Brown said that there ought to have been at least 2 days to question the Attorney-General’s department, not 2 hours.

“The Government is treating this vital Senate committee with contempt,” Senator Brown said.

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