James Paterson, a Victorian Liberal Senator, is the new chair of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security, which CLA calls the SIC (security & intelligence) committee for short.
He replaces Andrew Hastie of WA, an ex-SAS soldier recently appointed junior minister for Defence.
Labor’s Andrew Byrne remains deputy chair. He has been on intelligence committees for decades.
Paterson’s appointment further extends the reach of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) into the federal parliament and the ranks of its senior MPs and its critical committees.
Paterson is a former deputy executive director of IPA, and editor of the IPA Review magazine.
SIC has launched a new inquiry into the nature, extent and threat of extremist movements in Australia. Details are here: https://tinyurl.com/y3krvet8
Labor’s home affairs spokesperson Kristina Keneally is a member of SIC.
She said last month that Canada had listed the Proud Boys as a terrorist organisation, but Australia was the only Five Eyes security country that had not listed any far-right group. https://tinyurl.com/y64pvdxl