27 Nov 2003
House of Representatives
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to strengthen ASIO’s information-gathering powers, in particular by: extending the questioning time under a warrant when interpreters are used; preventing unauthorised overseas travel by persons specified in warrants; clarifying the powers of the prescribed authority to give directions consistent with questioning warrants; and prohibiting, except in specified circumstances, disclosures about investigations or sensitive operational information; and
Intelligence Services Act 2001 to ensure that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD reviews these amended provisions rather than the original provisions enacted by the
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2003.