Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

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Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide; Crimes Act 1914, Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories; Classification (Publication, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant; National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the disclosure of certain information; and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 to make consequential amendments.


Introduced and read a first time 12 Nov 2015
Second reading moved 12 Nov 2015
Lapsed at prorogation 17 Apr 2016

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