Terms of Reference

The inquiry will consider the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2015

The Bill contains measures that will:

  • allow a control order to be imposed on persons 14 years and older, with appropriate safeguards
  • require a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device under a control order to take reasonable and specified steps to ensure the tracking device is operational
  • make less complex the monitoring of individuals subject to control orders through enhanced search, telecommunications interception and surveillance device regimes
  • provide greater protection to sensitive information in control order proceedings by allowing the court to consider evidence that is not disclosed to the respondent or their legal representative
  • expand the defence for receiving funds for legal advice and legal representation where there is a question as to whether the organisation is a terrorist organisation
  • clarify the test for obtaining a preventative detention order
  • prohibit the advocating of genocide
  • authorise the disclosure of taxation information to an Australian government agency for the purposes of preventing, detecting, disrupting or investigating conduct related to a matter of security (as defined in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979)
  • enable ASIO to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories, and
  • update the definition of 'advocacy' in the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to bring it into line with the 2014 (updated) definition of 'advocates' in Part 5.3 of the Criminal Code.

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

About this inquiry

On 15 February 2016 the Committee tabled its report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2015

Past Public Hearings

14 Dec 2015: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report tabled

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