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Second Reading Speeches

Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the:

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
to: provide a consistent meaning of foreign intelligence and consistent approach to foreign intelligence with the
Intelligence Services Act 2001
and the
Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
; clarify that a computer access warrant authorises access to data held in the target computer at any time while the warrant is in force; and exclude the communication of information relating to employment within the Australian intelligence community from the operation of security assessment provisions;
Criminal Code Act 1995
to clarify that the immunity for liability for certain employees for computer-related activities cannot be overridden by other Commonwealth, state or territory laws; and
Intelligence Services Act 2001
to: provide a specific function for the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation to assist the defence force; provide a new ground for granting a ministerial authorisation for producing intelligence on a person; clarify that the immunity for liability for certain employees for computer-related activities cannot be overridden by other Commonwealth, state or territory laws; and move existing exemptions from the Legislative Instruments Regulations 2004 into the Act.