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Title

  • Bills — Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014; Third Reading
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

Description

  • <p class="motion-notice motion-notice-notext">No motion text available</p>
  • The majority supported passing the [bill](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:legislation/billhome/s976) in the Senate (in parliamentary jargon, they voted to give the bill a [third reading](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html)). The bill will now go to the House of Representatives to see if the [members of parliament](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_of_parliament#Australia) (MPs) agree with the senators and also want to pass the bill. If they do, the bill will become law.
  • The purpose of the bill is to address the threat posed by Australians fighting in foreign conflicts and then returning home.
  • ###Human rights issues
  • The bill makes many important changes, which the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd034) discusses in some detail. The media has focused on how the bill will "make it easier for the Government to cancel passports and allow authorities to declare some conflicts as "no go" zones for Australian travellers" (see [ABC News](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-29/bishop-defends-foreign-fighters-bill-powers/5850394)). These changes [limit certain rights and freedoms](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd034#_Toc401304920) (see [ABC News](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-28/foreign-fighters-bill-likely-to-infringe-on-human-rights/5849198)).
  • The Government's [Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fs976_ems_c273a52a-709a-4967-bd22-b2642904dec4%22) agreed that the bill will limit a broad range of human rights and freedoms but says that these limits are reasonable, necessary and proportionate.
  • ###Background to the bill
  • A number of incidents happened before and after this bill's introduction. There was [one of the biggest counter-terrorism operations](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-18/authorities-thwart-beheading-plot-in-australias-biggest-raid/5754276) in Australian history. The Prime Minister [Tony Abbott](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/warringah/tony_abbott) also confirmed that Australia would be [sending the military to Iraq](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-15/special-forces-could-move-into-iraq-within-days-abbott/5815534) to fight the [Islamic State](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant) (IS) (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)).
  • Two particularly significant incidents were when:
  • * Australian teenager [Abdullah Elmir](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-21/australian-is-fighter-threatens-tony-abbott-in-video/5830040) threatened Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an IS video;
  • * Canadian gunman [Michael Zehaf-Bibeau](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-23/canadian-parliament-in-lockdown-after-gunman-shoots-soldier/5834692) attacked the Canadian Parliament.