Herald Sun - - NEWS - TOM MINEAR

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.

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