Inquiry into the provisions of the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2004

Inquiry into the provisions of the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2004

On 3 March 2004 the Senate referred the provisions of the bill to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, for report by 30 March 2004.

The Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 2004 amends the Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 to:

  • extend the availability of telecommunications warrants to additional serious offences;
  • extend the protections of the Act in relation to text based communications;
  • facilitate the recording of calls to publicly listed ASIO numbers; and
  • to clarify the application of the Act to delayed access message services (eg email and SMS).
  • The Committee is particularly interested in the appropriateness of the changes to the telecommunications interception regime proposed in the Bill, and whether previous concerns of the Committee have been addressed. Comment may be made on some or all of the provisions.

    Terms of Reference

    General Notes to Assist in the Preparation of Submissions

    Lodging Submissions

    Submissions are called for by 12 March 2004. Submissions become Committee documents and are only made public after a decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of submissions is not covered by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance can be obtained by phoning the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.

    The Committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form to Please ensure that a postal address and phone number is enclosed with all email submissions.

    Submissions may also be faxed to (02) 6277 5794.


    Public Hearings

    Monday 22 March 2004 Canberra Program (Word 26KB)

    Report - Tabled 30 March 2004

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