Foreign fighters bill to be debated in Senate

Foreign fighters bill to be debated in Senate

The Senate will today begin debating the Federal government’s foreign fighters bill, with the Abbott government hoping it will pass later this week.

The federal government has extended the sitting hours for the Upper House, in a bid to see the legislation put to a vote tomorrow.

The bill will allow for jail terms up to five years if people travel to designated no-go zones.

It will also enable law enforcement agencies to investigate, arrest and prosecute those who advocate terrorism.

A bipartisan parliamentary committee has backed the legislation but it says more checks are needed to prevent unintended consequences.

But a number of legal experts have opposed the legislation, saying it is not needed.

Liberal Democrats Senator for NSW David Leyonhjelm has also raised concerns saying the laws are a “shocking assault on civil liberties.”

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