Inquiry into the provisions of the Telecommunications (Interception)
Amendment Bill 2006
Information about the inquiry
On 1 March 2006, the Senate
referred the above Bill to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation
Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2006.
The Bill amends the Telecommunications (Interception)
Act 1979 to implement certain recommendations of the Report of the Review
of the Regulation of Access to Communications (the Blunn Report).
The Bill proposes to:
- establish a regime to govern access to stored
communications held by a telecommunications carrier;
- enable the interception of communications of a
person known to communicate with a person of interest;
- enable interception of communications from an
identified telecommunications device such as a mobile phone handset;
- remove the distinction between class 1 and class 2
offences for which telecommunications interception powers are available to
law enforcement agencies; and
- remove the Telecommunications Interception Remote
Authority Connection function currently exercised by the Australian
Federal Police and transfer the associated warrant register function to
the Department administering the legislation.
Submissions are called for by 13 March 2006. 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:
Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600