Inquiry into the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2004
On 23 June 2004, the Senate referred the provisions of the above Bill
to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry
and report by 5 August 2004.
The Bill seeks to improve Australia’s counter-terrorism legal framework
- Amending the Passports Act 1938 to create powers to demand,
confiscate and seize foreign travel documents to ensure that those suspected
of serious offences or harmful conduct are prevented from leaving Australia
on a foreign passport, and to insert new offences in relation to misrepresentation
and misuse of foreign travel documents or false foreign travel documents;
- Amending the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act
1979 to ensure that certain persons (those subject to a request
by the Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
to the Minister for consent to apply for a questioning warrant) are
prevented from leaving Australia;
- Amending Division 102 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert
a new offence of "Associating with Terrorist Organisations";
- Amending the Transfer of Prisoners Act 1983 to include security
as a third ground for transfer between State or Territory prisons for
federal, State and Territory prisoners, as well as for persons charged
with and remanded in custody for an offence;
- Exempting certain decisions of the Attorney-General under the Transfer
of Prisoners Act 1983 from the application of the Administrative
Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977; and
- Amending the forensic procedure provisions in the Crimes Act 1914
to facilitate effective disaster victim identification in the event
that a disaster causing mass casualties (such as a terrorist attack
or an aircraft disaster) were to occur within Australia.
Terms of Reference
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Report - Tabled 6 August 2004
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