Foreign Fighters Bill passes the Senate

Foreign Fighters Bill passes the Senate

The Federal Government’s controversial Foreign Fighters bill has passed the Senate, but the government is already planning to introduce changes later today.

The legislation would create a new offences of advocating terrorism, toughen penalties for Australians who fight with extremist groups overseas, and make it a crime for Australians to travel to terrorism hot spots.

Labor has today moved a last-minute amendment in the Senate to try and clarify the new travel restrictions, but Senator George Brandis argued against it.

“If this provision were to be passed, it would defeat the entire purpose,” he said.

But Labor senators still voted in favour of the legislation without the amendment.

The Government is now planning to introduce new legislation that would allow closer cooperation between Australian spies and the Defence Force, which would reportedly allow Australian spies to pass on specific information to the Defence Force.

A draft document of the plan has been obtained by the West Australian newspaper, and states the information could be used to “support” military operations that have a “direct effect” on Australians.

The government originally planned to the make the changes through an amendment to the Foreign Fighters Bill, but now intends to introduce them through separate legislation.

 

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