Information about the inquiry

Inquiry into the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005

Information about the inquiry

On 3 November 2005, the Senate referred the above Bill to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 28 November 2005.

The Bill proposes to amend various federal laws with the stated aim of improving existing offences and powers targeting terrorist acts and terrorist organisations.  Key features of the Bill include: a new regime to allow for ‘control orders’ to authorise the overt close monitoring of terrorist suspects; a new police preventative detention regime to allow detention without charge where reasonably necessary to prevent a terrorist act or to preserve evidence of such an act; updated sedition offences; new questioning, search and seize powers exercisable at airports and other Commonwealth places; and amendments to information gathering powers available to law enforcement and security agencies. The Bill will also amend the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 to better implement the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering’s Special Recommendations on Terrorist Financing.

Lodging Submissions

Submissions are called for by 11 November 2005. 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.

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794