Migration and Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020 [Provisions]

March 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-200-8

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Members of the committee



Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the report
  Background to the bill
  Purpose of the bill
  Overview of the bill
  Consideration by other parliamentary committees
  Note on references

Chapter 2—Key issues

  The need for the bill
  The disclosure offence
  Procedural fairness
  International obligations
  Other issues
  Committee view

Minority report from the Australian Labor Party

  Impact of the bill
  Conduct of inquiry
  Past legislation
  Independence of the courts
  Expansion of executive powers
  Equity, access to justice and refugee implications
  International concerns

Australian Greens Dissenting Report

Appendix 1—Submissions, answers to questions on notice and tabled documents

Appendix 2—Public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560

About this inquiry

The bill would amend the Migration Act 1958 to provide a framework to protect confidential information against unauthorised disclosure where that information has been provided by a law enforcement or intelligence agency to an authorised Commonwealth officer for consideration in a character test-based visa decision. The bill would also amend the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to create a framework for the disclosure of confidential information provided by gazetted law enforcement and intelligence agencies for consideration in character related citizenship decisions. 

Past Public Hearings

02 Mar 2021: Canberra