Greens senator Nick McKim has lashed out at the federal government and opposition, labelling the proposed laws to strip citizenship from dual national terror suspects “an absolute bloody shambles”.
Senator McKim accused both parties of being deceptive after the legislation was rushed into the Senate on Monday night, before the Greens and crossbenchers were given time to look at it.
“This is a disgraceful abuse of parliamentary process – they are treating this parliament with utter contempt,” he told the Senate.
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Government frontbencher Richard Colbeck hit back at the “conspiracy theory”, insisting the legislation came up for debate late on Monday because it was next on the list.
Senior Labor figure Kim Carr hit out at the government’s refusal to release the full advice of the solicitor-general, leaving the opposition no alternative but to take the government’s word that the laws would withstand a constitutional challenge.
He said legal challenge of the laws was inevitable. “If the government is confident that its legislation will stand, what possible justification could there be for withholding its advice?” Carr said.
Debate on the legislation will resume in the Senate on Tuesday.
The laws are expected to pass parliament by the end of the week.