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Review of counter-terrorism arrangements.
ATTORNEY- GENERAL ___________________________________________________
THE HON DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP ___________________________________________________
26 September 2001 1051
REVIEW OF COUNTER-TERRORISM ARRANGEMENTS
The Attorney-General’s Department is establishing a high-level committee to review the implications for Australia’s security and counter-terrorism arrangements of the terrorist attacks in the United States.
This review is normal procedure after any international security incident.
The committee will be chaired by the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department, Mr Robert Cornall, and will report to Cabinet by the end of October.
The committee will:
â¢ Assess and recommend changes as necessary to Australia’s current counter-terrorism arrangements.
â¢ Monitor the international response to the terrorist attacks in the US.
â¢ Review Commonwealth counter-terrorism laws.
â¢ Consider the need for consultation with industry where appropriate.
â¢ Ensure the outcomes and timing of existing reviews in this area take account of the changed security and terrorist environment.
Representatives from the following departments and agencies are being invited to be part of the committee: Prime Minister and Cabinet, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Finance, Customs, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Transport, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Office of National Assessments, Australian Federal Police, Australian Protective Service and the House of Representatives (representing Parliament House security).
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