Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation: Alternative formats available on request to PIAC - Contact PIAC
The submission makes some specific comments on the reform proposals. These reflect PIAC’s ongoing concern that national security legislation suffers from a lack of transparency and fails to establish adequate mechanisms of accountability, oversight and review. PIAC warns that telephone interception involves serious invasions of privacy. PIAC states that information-sharing proposals between the Australian Federal Police and ASIO, require clear, public justification, given the dangers of vesting one body with both law enforcement powers, and intelligence and surveillance functions. The submission also urges reconsideration of proposals that seek to extend warrant time limits; allow incursions on third party property; and erode the personal accountability of ASIO officers able to execute warrants.