House of Representatives Committees

Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security

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Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced an inquiry into potential reforms of national security legislation. The inquiry was referred to the Committee by the Attorney-General.

The Committee has been asked to examine a package of national security ideas comprising proposals for telecommunications interception reform, telecommunications sector security reform and Australian intelligence community legislation reform. The reform proposals relate to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, the Telecommunications Act 1997, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 and the Intelligence Services Act 2001.

The Committee has extended the date for lodgement of submissions by two weeks. Interested persons and organisations are now invited to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Monday, 20 August 2012. Please refer to our brochure called preparing a submission for more information.

A discussion paper, which accompanies the terms of reference and describes the reform proposals, has been published on the Committee’s web site and is available by clicking on the link below. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to have regard to the discussion paper in the preparation of submissions.

On 19 September 2012, the Committee received a letter from the Attorney-General clarifying the data retention aspects of the terms of reference.

In order to facilitate electronic publishing of submissions, the Committee would prefer them to be emailed to or sent on disk or CD-ROM to the Committee Secretariat in Microsoft Word® or Portable Document Format (PDF).

Terms of reference

Discussion paper



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