About this inquiry

This inquiry was referred on 4 July 2019 by the Attorney-General pursuant to subparagraph 29(1)(b)(ia) of the Intelligence Services Act 2001. The inquiry is to report by 28 November 2019 on the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

20 Sep 2019: Canberra, ACT
19 Sep 2019: Canberra, ACT
14 Aug 2019: Canberra, ACT

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Inquiry Status

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Terms of Reference

The Attorney-General requested that the Committee inquire and report back to both Houses of Parliament on the following matters:

a)  The experiences of journalists and media organisations that have, or could become, subject to the powers of law enforcement or intelligence agencies performing their  functions, and the impact of the exercise of those powers on journalists' work, including informing the public.
b)  The reasons for which journalists and media organisations have, or could become, subject to those powers in the performance of the functions of law enforcement or intelligence agencies.
c)  Whether any and if so, what changes could be made to procedures and thresholds for the exercise of those powers in relation to journalists and media organisations to better balance the need for press freedom with the need for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to investigate serious offending and obtain intelligence on security threats.
d)  Without limiting the other matters that the Committee may consider, two issues for specific inquiry are:      

  1. whether and in what circumstances there could be contested hearings in relation to warrants authorising investigative action in relation to journalists and media organisations.
  2. the appropriateness of current thresholds for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access electronic data on devices used by journalists and media organisations.

The Committee is to report back to both Houses of Parliament by 28 November 2019.

 




         

      

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