considers the banning of the burqa a positive or negative thing is irrelevant, in the context of an officially confirmed leak of a confidential document. The important questions are: 1. How did ASIO lose control of a confidential report? 2. Could it happen to other confidential ASIO Reports? 3. Has it happened in the past to other confidential ASIO Reports? 4. Is it likely to happen again to future confidential ASIO Reports 5. Are you confident that the process for drafting, managing, storing and tracking confidential ASIO Reports is good 796 PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA ———— THE SENATE ———— The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia enough to protect Australia's national security? 6. Who leaked the confidential ASIO Report? 7. Did the person or persons responsible for the leak of the confidential report commit a crime? 8. Will they be held to account for their actions? 9. Who is responsible for holding them to account? 10. Given the obvious political nature and timing of the leak of the confidential ASIO Report—has there been unwarranted or illegal political interference with the day-to-day running of ASIO? These questions would be raised at a time when the Parliament is about to pass laws which will further increase the already significant powers of ASIO at the expense of basic civil and human rights. It also comes at a time when the Parliament is about to pass new laws, which effectively lessen the ability of the media, public and politicians to scrutinize the activities of ASIO. You will also be aware that yesterday I announced that I had sent to the office of Parliamentary Council a report and request to draft Private Members' Legislation titled Full Face Coverings Prohibition in Public Places (Summary Offences) Bill 2014. My Legislation, if passed by the Parliament, would effectively allow for a prohibition on the wearing of the burqa in Australia. My public and political campaign to gather support for my Private Members' Legislation, if the media reports are accurate - will have been adversely affected by the leaking of an authentic, confidential ASIO document to the Australian media. If the report referred to by the media is authentic—and the leak is found to be deliberate, then I would have to take expert advice and consider if this act was an example of ASIO trying to interfere with the free and fair performance of a member of parliament? Or in other words—I would have to ask the serious question: Is ASIO in contempt of parliament? The other important matter that would be raised should this document be authentic and generated by ASIO is the relevance and trustworthiness of the advice found in the Report. I note that the Report is supposed to have been authored in 2010 or 2011. This of course is at a time before the extraordinary rise of today's Islamic extremist movement, which our country is effectively at war with. The current 2014 crop of extremist, Islamic psychopaths we're trying to kill in Iraq and Syria before they butcher more innocents, I understand—views the Burka and Niqab as important symbols or flags for their religious / political movement. When they see the Burka or Niqab being worn in public by subservient women, I'm of the understanding that the extremists regard that a great ideological and political victory.
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