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

List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

2.22
The Committee recommends that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation retains a compulsory questioning power under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979.

Recommendation 2

2.68
The Committee recommends that ASIO’s current detention powers, as set out in Division 3 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, be repealed.

Recommendation 3

2.72
The Committee recommends that the Government develop legislation for a reformed ASIO compulsory questioning framework, and refer this legislation to the Committee for inquiry and report.
The Committee further recommends that proposed legislation be introduced by the end of 2018 and that the Committee be asked to report to the Parliament no sooner than three months following introduction.
The Committee considers any proposed legislation should include an appropriate sunset clause.

Recommendation 4

2.73
The Committee recommends that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 be amended to extend the sunset date of 7 September 2018 by 12 months to allow sufficient time for legislation to be developed and reviewed.

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