Senator Lambie asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 16 February 2015 (transferred from the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 12 March 2015):
With reference to Australians who are suspected of or considered to have allegiance to, or membership of entities which are enemies of Australia:
(1) Can the Attorney-General list and briefly describe (broken down for the last 10 years and listed separately) the number of countries, states, groups or organisations which the Australian government considers:
(a) an enemy of Australia;
(b) levied war against Australia, whether or not the existence of a state of war had been declared; and
(c) engaged in conduct which assists in any way an enemy of Australia or engaged in armed hostilities against the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
(2) In regard to the countries, states, groups or organizations identified in paragraph 1, can a list and number (broken down for the last 10 years and listed separately) be provided for the following people who the government (on advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) , Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) or other government bodies) suspects, or are considered to have allegiance to, or membership, of states which are enemies of Australia or groups which engage in conduct which assists in any way an enemy of Australia or engages in armed hostilities against the ADF:
(a) Australian citizens; and
(b) Australian non-citizens and/or residents
(3) With reference to the number of Australian citizens who the government (on advice of ASIO, ASIS or other government bodies) suspects or are considered to have allegiance to, or membership of, states which are enemies of Australia, or groups which engage in conduct which assists in any way an enemy of Australia, or engages in armed hostilities against the ADF:
(a) can the Australian government detail how many individuals are or used to be:
(i) registered on the state/commonwealth official electoral rolls; and
(ii) recipients of any form of Australian welfare or other government payment.
(b) Can the Attorney-General, on behalf of the government, give a guarantee that those individuals:
(i) are not qualified to vote in any official Australian election;
(ii) stand for any elected office in local, state or federal governments;
(iii) able to receive welfare benefits or other Australian government payments; and
(iv) are not employed by federal, state or local governments.
Senator Brandis – The answer to the honourable Senator’s questions are as follows:
“The Australian Government has not formally declared any entity as an enemy in the last 10 years.”