The Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (‘the Act’) was assented to on 9 May 2018. This Act is for the purpose of allocating certain ministerial powers related to the new Home Affairs portfolio and also to make changes related to the Attorney-General’s oversight of intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies.
This Bill was originally introduced in 2017 as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of the current legislation related to security and espionage. For more information on the overhaul package, please read Timebase’s earlier articles here and here. The Bill for this Act was originally referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, which recommended that the Bill be passed subject to four recommendations. For more information on the recommendations, please read TimeBase’s earlier article.
The Act makes the following key amendments:
In her second reading speech in the Senate on 9 May 2018, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells noted that the changes were for the purpose of adapting to changes in technology:
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Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (Cth), and associated Bill, second reading speech and explanatory memorandum, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
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