Federal

Jul 7, 2014

Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

In opposition, George Brandis called for national security reforms to be heavily vetted before being legislated. Now he's legislating with no vetting of any kind.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Attorney-General George Brandis has undergone an interesting transformation since becoming a minister. As a member of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security last year, he signed off on the committee’s unanimous report on the national security reform proposals put to the committee by then-attorney-general Nicola Roxon. In chapter four of that report, which focuses on reforms to the powers of ASIO, the committee, including Brandis, recommended:

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  1. Coaltopia

    Brandis is a danger to free speech on several fronts. I wonder what he has to say on data retention? [I quite enjoyed the Sophie Morris write-up in The Saturday Paper.]

  2. JMNO

    It is a Government where the Immigration Minister, having been blocked by Parliament and the High Court, has invented his own set of rules for refusing to grant permanent protection visas to boat arrivals living (tenuously) in Australia having been found to be refugees. Not only has he invented his own rules which have not and won’t be passed through the parliament, he is going to make the decisions under the new rules himself. Talk about a violation of parliamentary democracy and the rule of law.

    When countries like Indonesia or Egypt do something like that, we criticize them for being corrupt or authoritarian.

  3. Observation

    The Libs get in and security becomes the focus to change safety nets. Happened with Howard and obviously these guys are going to continue on.

  4. klewso

    This is why you can’ trust Brandis?
    When could we?

  5. AR

    Knock me down with a feather, Pollie changes position from Opposition to Government, just just FoI.
    Why would anyone in power want their inadequacies exposed? And who is permanently in office?
    Bureaucrats, with the PPS paid way more than Ministers.

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