Inquiry into the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2004
On 31 March 2004, the Senate referred the provisions of the above Bill
to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry
and report by 11 May 2004.
The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2004 seeks to improve Australia's counter-terrorism
legal framework by making amendments to:
- Part 1C of the Crimes Act 1914 to extend the fixed investigation
period applying to federal terrorism offences to a maximum of 20 hours
if judicially authorised subject to all existing procedural safeguards
in Part 1C, and to permit authorities to reasonably suspend or delay
questioning of a person arrested for a terrorism offence to make inquiries
in overseas locations that are in different time zones to obtain information
relevant to that terrorism investigation;
- The Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978 to
enhance the foreign incursions offences, particularly in situations
where terrorist organisations are operating as part of the armed forces
of a state;
- The Criminal Code Act 1995 to strengthen the counter-terrorism
legislation relating to membership of terrorist organisations and the
offence of providing training to or receiving training from a terrorist
- The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to improve restrictions on any
commercial exploitation by a person who has committed foreign indictable
Terms of Reference
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called for by 19 April 2004. Submissions become Committee
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Friday 30 April 2004
Report - Tabled 11 May 2004
For further information
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee
Room S1.61, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 3560
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