In this submission, PIAC provides a response to the Federal Attorney-General’s proposed changes to:(a) those parts of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) dealing with sedition, the definition of “terrorist act”, terrorist organisation listing provision, the offence of training a terrorist organisation and proposed exemption to this offence for declared aid organisations;(b) the definitions of “national security” and “information” in the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (Cth), provision of an unfettered discretion on the Attorney-General to forbid disclosure of information, and statutory grant of standing to the Attorney-General to intervene in any proceedings arising under that Act, and proposed regulation of legal practitioners under that Act.PIAC also comments on the proposed Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement.PIAC congratulates the Government on responding to criticism of National Security Legislation made by numerous reports on that legislation and its implementation. However, PIAC has serious concerns about the direction that the Government is proposing to take on some issues and its failure to adequately address other issues.
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