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Security Committee to hear about intelligence oversight legislation

Parliament of Australia 2 mins read

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold the first public hearing for its review of the Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 on 15 September 2023.

Public hearing
15 September 2023
9.00 am – 1.30 pm AEST
Committee Room 1S3, Parliament House, Canberra; and via videoconference

The Committee will hear from government representatives, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and academic Dr William Stoltz, to discuss the Bill’s proposed expansion of intelligence oversight arrangements for the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

The Committee’s website has a full program for the hearing, and the hearing will be (audio) broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.

Mr Peter Khalil MP, Chair of the PJCIS, said “The Committee looks forward to hearing evidence from witnesses to inform its consideration of the Bill. The Committee is interested in understanding how the proposed provisions of the Bill will enhance oversight and provide assurance to Australians about the effective operation of the National Intelligence Community.”

On 22 June 2023 the Attorney-General wrote to the Committee to refer the Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 for the Committee’s review.

The Bill would amend the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and the Intelligence Services Act 2001, mainly to expand the oversight of the IGIS and the PJCIS to include all of the agencies that comprise Australia’s National Intelligence Community.

The Bill would also amend and update various provisions relating to the functions and operation of the PJCIS.

Further information on the inquiry can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

Media inquiries:

Chair Mr Peter Khalil MP, via Lachlan Hinds
0455 999 677
lachlan.t.hinds@aph.gov.au

For background information: 

Committee Secretariat, Parliamentary Joint Committee on intelligence and Security
(02) 6277 2360
pjcis@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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