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AFP Counter-Terrorism Powers to be discussed

Issue date: Thursday, 24 September 2020

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A parliamentary inquiry into the counter-terrorism powers held by the Australian Federal Police will hear evidence from the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission at a hearing this week.

Chair of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, Mr Andrew Hastie MP, says the hearing will cover the operation, effectiveness and implications of existing counter-terrorism powers held by the AFP.

‘It is vital that law enforcement is provided with appropriate powers in order to protect Australians’.

In addition to the legal witnesses, the hearing will also include witnesses from the Department of Home Affairs, the Attorney General’s Department, and the Australian Federal Police.

Further information on the inquiry and submissions made can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

Public Hearing Details

Date: Friday 25 September 2020
Time: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Location: Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, teleconference and videoconference facilities will be used to connect witnesses to Committee Members. Audio of the hearings will be streamed at

Media enquiries

Chair, Mr Andrew Hastie MP (Canning, WA)
08 9534 8044 (Electorate office)
02 6277 4223 (Parliament House)

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2360

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