PJCIS Report into Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014

17 October 2014

The Government welcomes the unanimous report of the PJCIS on the second tranche of the Government's national security legislation, the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014.

The report makes 37 recommendations of which the most important is recommendation 37, which is that the Parliament pass the Bill.

Most of the recommendations do not suggest amendment to the legislation itself. Importantly, the Committee does not recommend against any of the substantive provisions of the bill, but makes suggestions largely on definitional and process issues.

The Government will consider the recommendations carefully over coming days and will announce its response next week.

It is still the Government's intention to have the bill debated in the senate in the week after next and through the Parliament by the end of that week.

This is urgent legislation which deals with a clear and immediate threat for the safety the Australian public.

The Government thanks the Chair of the Committee, Mr Dan Tehan MP, and members of the Committee for their hard work and careful consideration of this legislation.

The Government also acknowledges the bipartisan spirit in which the Labor party has approached this issue, putting the national interest ahead of party politics.