About this inquiry

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security reviewed of the operation, effectiveness and implications of Division 3 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979.


Past Public Hearings

09 Aug 2017: Canberra, ACT
16 Jun 2017: Canberra, ACT

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ASIO's questioning and detention powers

March 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN: 978-1-74366-808-5

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Membership of the Committee

Terms of Reference

Abbreviations

List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Report structure
  Current provisions for questioning and detention
  Legislative history
  Independent reviews
  Use of warrants
  The extraordinary nature of the questioning and detention powers
  The current security environment

2. ASIO's questioning powers

  The need for a questioning power
  Committee comment
  The need for detention powers
  Committee comment

3. A future questioning model

  Alternative examination models
  Broadening of questioning remit
  Warrant issuing authority and emergency authorisations
  Identified person warrant
  Legal thresholds and duration of questioning
  Apprehension powers
  Person searches
  Presiding officer
  Questioning of minors
  Post-charge questioning
  Access to legal representation
  Secrecy provisions
  Oversight and accountability
  Committee comment and findings

A. List of submissions

B. Witnesses appearing at public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2360
Fax: +61 2 6277 2067
pjcis@aph.gov.au

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