Terror-fy

The first part of this week involved activities to do with the proposed terror laws. I attended the first day’s hearings of the Senate Committee inquiry into the legislation. The transcript is now available here. A couple of quotes taken from that Hansard featuring responses Mr Geoff McDonald, Assistant Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department are…

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terror-fying

The week in the Senate ended badly, with the government trying late on Thursday afternoon to sneak through a truncated, one week Senate Inquiry into their ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation. A day earlier they were successful in restricting a Senate inquiry into the workplace relations laws to just a few weeks, even though it is overturning key…

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Committee hearings into Migration Act

I spent today in Senate Committee hearings in Adelaide looking at the operation of our Migration Act. There was a lot of solid evidence given about the enormously negative impact of our refugee determination system. I did have an occasional feeling of déjà vu, having sat through many hearings of a Senate Committee Inquiry into…

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What Value are Senate Inquiries?

A comment to my recent posting on this week’s Senate Committee hearing had me thinking about just how useful or otherwise Senate Inquiries are. I’m not sure how many different Committee Inquiries I’ve been part of in one way or another in my 7 and a half years in the Senate, but I imagine it…

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A Senate Committee Interrogation

After my relaxing weekend, I travelled to Canberra on Tuesday for a Committee hearing into claims of Australian involvement in interrogations in Iraq. This Inquiry was set up following allegations in a Four Corners report that the Government had misled the Parliament and the public in saying that no Australians were involved in any interrogations….

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Avalanche

Another Senate sitting week is over. There are now 14 sitting days left before the Government takes control of the whole Parliament, with 4 of those days happening next week. The Senate has passed a much larger number of Bills than usual, given we have only had 7 sitting days so far this year –…

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Diamonds in the Mine – Senate Estimates Committees

The Parliament is sitting again this week, with the Senate holding Estimates Committee hearings. If you want to find out more detail about what Estimates Committees do, this site has a detailed explanation. Basically it’s a chance for Senators to ask questions of senior Department officials about any aspect of activities undertaken or overseen by…

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Scrafton Inquiry – more lies uncovered

The 3rd full day of the campaign – or the 1st if you take it from the proroguing – unless you don’t count a Senate Committee hearing as an election campaign (which it isn’t) – in which case it hasn’t really started at all. I certainly didn’t expect to find myself sitting in Committee hearings…

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