LAWS AIM AT SPIES
FOREIGN spies and lobbyists will be targeted under sweeping new laws to fight back against increasing overseas interference with Australia’s political system.
The suite of laws will be introduced in Parliament this month, and will also outlaw foreign political donations.
Attorney-General George Brandis said foreign intelligence activity against Australia was occurring on an “unprecedented scale” and “it is getting worse”.
The legislation is based on a six-month review of the nation’s espionage and foreign interference laws. It will introduce new criminal offences for covert foreign interference and strengthen offences which bar espionage, sabotage and treason.