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Public hearing to hear from experts on AFP counter-terrorism powers

Parliament of Australia < 1 mins read

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) is holding a public hearing on 16 October for its review of the Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023.

The Committee will hear from government and non-government representatives to discuss the Bill’s proposed amendments to the operation of the Australian Federal Police’s counter-terrorism powers under the Crimes Act 1914 and the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Those powers relate to:

  • authority to stop, question and search persons and seize items in Commonwealth places, including in ‘prescribed security zones’ (Crimes Act, Part 1AA, Division 3A);
  • the control order regime (Criminal Code Division 104); and
  • the preventative detention order regime (Criminal Code Division 105).

PJCIS Chair Mr Peter Khalil MP said, “This Bill implements a number of recommendations from the Committee’s review of police powers in 2021, and the Committee looks forward to hearing a range of views to inform its consideration of the Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023.”

A program for the hearing can be found here and the hearing will be broadcast live at

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

Public Hearing Details

16 October 2023
8.00 am – 10.30 am ADST
Committee Room 2S3, Parliament House, Canberra

Media inquiries

Chair, Mr Peter Khalil MP, via Lachlan Hinds
0455 999 677

For background information

Please contact the Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2360

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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