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Penny Wright condemns government's moves to ram Foreign Fighters Bill through Senate

Speeches in Parliament
Penny Wright 29 Oct 2014

In the two minutes remaining for debate on this bill, I want to say that this is exactly why-I welcome Senator Day's contribution; he has not spoken before in the committee stage-it is a farce to have an agreement to push this significant counterterrorism law through this parliament by 12.30. There are still important, significant, unexplained and unexplored provisions like stopping welfare, suspension of travel documents, and cancellation and suspension of visas that have not even been touched on in the debate in this chamber today.

I do not think anyone can suggest that there has been any filibustering going on with this. Legitimate concerns and queries have been raised. Not many members of the Senate even had an opportunity to engage in the debate on this. Legitimate questions have been put. Often clear answers have not been given, and those answers have had to be explored. And here we are with the gagging of the debate, and the amendments from various parties and the opposition and the government will be put through as a job lot without any ability to talk to them, to explain them, to understand them. And this is going to be the national security law that Australia will be saddled with after this finishes.

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