May 23, 2012

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Screening) Bill 2012 – Third Reading

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (18:19):  by leave—I move:

That this bill be now read a third time.

Mr ALBANESE:  I do thank the opposition for their support for the legislation and indeed for the amendment that arose out of the Senate inquiry. It is important, and I think a precondition to successful outcomes, that issues of security be bipartisan—that they not be conducted in a political fashion. The government has attempted to ensure that there has been as much community consultation as possible. Indeed, even in this House, we ensured that one of the body scanners was made available for all members and senators, and indeed all members of the media and others who work in this House, to use so they could see in practice the way that these body scanners would work. Often with these issues it is far easier to raise concerns than to look at the reality of how things will work in practice. I thank the House and I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.