ASIO and counter-terror laws stripped back

Just in case you missed it, the federal government has unveiled plans to strip back national counter-terrorism laws, including the powers of ASIO.

The government announced the changes in response to the Walker Reports into Australia’s counter-terrorism laws. Outlined in The Australian:

If implemented, the sweeping changes would abolish some offences, impose expanding judicial oversight on ASIO and repeal the criminal penalties for praising acts of terrorism.

ASIO would lose its power to detail and question terror suspects for up to seven days without charge.

Instead, the domestic intelligence agency would need to adapt to a new system in which the federal attorney-general would be stripped of the authority to decide conclusively whether the agency should be given a warrant to question terror suspects.

Judges would have an expanded role in determining whether ASIO should be able to question terror suspects.

It would no longer be a criminal act to praise acts of terror because such an offence is considered “Orwellian”.

The article is worth a read.


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