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Intelligence and Security Committee to hold hearing on ASIO’s questioning warrants

Parliament of Australia 2 mins read

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing for its review into the operation, effectiveness and implications of Division 3 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 on Thursday, 23 May 2024.

The laws under review allow the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to seek a warrant to compel an individual to attend questioning. These powers were originally introduced in 2003 as part of Australia’s counter-terrorism response and were significantly amended in 2020 following a review by the PJCIS. Further amendments have been proposed by ASIO ahead of the hearing, including repealing questioning warrants for minors and making adult questioning warrants available for a wider range of purposes.

The Committee has invited government and non-government representatives to its hearing to discuss the operation, effectiveness and implications of the powers.

Committee Chair, Mr Peter Khalil MP, said ‘The Committee has received mixed evidence regarding ASIO’s compulsory questioning powers. We look forward to hearing from a range of Government and non-Government witnesses to inform our review and report to Parliament.’

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

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

Public hearing

Thursday, 23 May 2024
9:15 am – 3:00 pm AEST
Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra, and via videoconference

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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