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1998-1999-2000-2001

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Intelligence Services Bill 2001

 

 

(1)     Clause 3, page 2 (lines 15 and 16), omit “ASIO and ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS and DSD”.

[definition of Committee]

(2)     Clause 3, page 3 (lines 15 to 22), omit the definition of operationally sensitive information , substitute:

paramilitary activities means activities involving the use of an armed unit (or other armed group) that is not part of a country’s official defence or law enforcement forces.

[definition of paramilitary activities]

(3)     Clause 3, page 3 (after line 24), after the definition of permanent resident , insert:

police functions means:

                     (a)  the arrest, charging or detention of suspected offenders; or

                     (b)  any other activity undertaken for the purposes of prosecuting, or for determining whether to prosecute, an offence.

[definition of police functions ]

(4)     Clause 3, page 3 (after line 28), after the definition of responsible Minister , insert:

serious crime means conduct that, if engaged in within, or in connection with, Australia, would constitute an offence against the law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory punishable by imprisonment for a period exceeding 12 months.

[definition of serious crime ]

(5)     Clause 6, page 5 (after line 32), before note 1, insert:

Note 1A:    For paramilitary activities see section 3.

[functions of ASIS]

(6)     Page 6 (after line 7), after clause 6, insert:

6A   Committee to be advised of other activities

                   If the responsible Minister gives a direction under paragraph 6(1)(e), the Minister must as soon as practicable advise the Committee of the nature of the activity or activities to be undertaken.

Note:          For Committee see section 3.

[Committee to be advised of other activities]

(7)     Clause 8, page 6 (lines 29 to 34), omit subclause (1), substitute:

             (1)  The responsible Minister in relation to ASIS, and the responsible Minister in relation to DSD, must issue a written direction under this subsection to the relevant agency head. The direction must:

                     (a)  require the agency to obtain an authorisation under section 9 from the Minister before:

                              (i)  undertaking an activity, or a series of activities, for the specific purpose, or for purposes which include the specific purpose, of producing intelligence on an Australian person who is overseas; or

                             (ii)  undertaking, in accordance with a direction under paragraph 6(1)(e), an activity, or a series of activities, that will, or is likely to, have a direct effect on an Australian person who is overseas; and

                     (b)  specify the circumstances in which the agency must, before undertaking other activities or classes of activities, obtain an authorisation under section 9 from the Minister.

[ministerial directions]

(8)     Clause 9, page 7 (after line 30), after subclause (1), insert:

          (1A)  Before a Minister gives an authorisation under this section for an activity, or a series of activities, of a kind mentioned in subparagraph 8(1)(a)(i) or (ii), the Minister must also:

                     (a)  be satisfied that the Australian person mentioned in that subparagraph is, or is likely to be, involved in one or more of the following activities:

                              (i)  activities that present a significant risk to a person’s safety;

                             (ii)  acting for, or on behalf of, a foreign power;

                            (iii)  activities that are, or are likely to be, a threat to security;

                            (iv)  activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or the movement of goods listed from time to time in the Defence and Strategic Goods List (within the meaning of regulation 13E of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 );

                             (v)  committing a serious crime by moving money, goods or people;

                            (vi)  committing a serious crime by using or transferring intellectual property;

                           (vii)  committing a serious crime by transmitting data or signals by means of guided and/or unguided electromagnetic energy; and

                     (b)  if the Australian person is, or is likely to be, involved in an activity or activities that are, or are likely to be, a threat to security (whether or not covered by another subparagraph of paragraph (a) in addition to subparagraph (a)(iii))—obtain the agreement of the Minister responsible for administering the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 .

          (1B)  In subsection (1A):

foreign power has the same meaning as in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979.

security has the same meaning as in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979.

Note:          For serious crime see section 3.

[ministerial authorisation]

(9)     Clause 9, page 8 (line 8), at the end of subclause (4), add “The period of effect specified in an authorisation for an activity, or a series of activities, of a kind mentioned in subparagraph 8(1)(a)(i) or (ii), must not exceed 6 months.”.

[ministerial authorisation]

(10)   Clause 10, page 8 (after line 19), after subclause (1), insert:

          (1A)  The renewal (or any subsequent renewal) of an authorisation for an activity, or a series of activities, of a kind mentioned in subparagraph 8(1)(a)(i) or (ii), must be for a period not exceeding 6 months.

[period during which authorisation has effect etc.

(11)   Clause 11, page 9 (after line 8), at the end of subclause 11(2), add:

Note:          For police functions and serious crime see section 3.

[limits on agencies’ functions]

(12)   Clause 11, page 9, after the proposed note to subclause (2), insert:

          (2A)  The agencies’ functions do not include undertaking any activity for the purpose of furthering the interests of an Australian political party or other Australian political organisation.

[limits on agencies’ functions]

(13)   Page 9 (after line 14), after clause 12, insert:

12A   Special responsibilities of Director and Director-General

                   Both the Director and the Director-General must take all reasonable steps to ensure that:

                     (a)  his or her agency is kept free from any influences or considerations not relevant to the undertaking of activities as mentioned in paragraph 12(a) or (b); and

                     (b)  nothing is done that might lend colour to any suggestion that his or her agency is concerned to further or protect the interests of any particular section of the community, or with undertaking any activities other than those mentioned in paragraph 12(a) or (b).

[special responsibilities of Director and Director-General]

(14)   Clause 14, page 10 (lines 10 to 15), omit paragraph (b), substitute:

                     (b)  the act:

                              (i)  taken together with an act, event, circumstance or result that took place, or was intended to take place, outside Australia, could amount to an offence; but

                             (ii)  in the absence of that other act, event, circumstance or result, would not amount to an offence; and

[liability for certain acts]

(15)   Clause 14, page 10 (after line 17), after subclause 14(2), insert:

          (2A)  Subsection (2) is not intended to permit any act in relation to premises, persons, computers, things, or telecommunications services in Australia, being:

                     (a)  an act that ASIO could not do without a Minister authorising it by warrant issued under Division 2 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 or under Part III of the Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 ; or

                     (b)  an act to obtain information that ASIO could not obtain other than in accordance with section 283 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

          (2B)  The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security may give a certificate in writing certifying any fact relevant to the question of whether an act was done in the proper performance of a function of an agency.

          (2C)  In any proceedings, a certificate given under subsection (2B) is prima facie evidence of the facts certified.

[liability for certain acts]

(16)   Clause 15, page 11 (line 4), at the end of paragraph (c), add “and the Attorney-General”.

[rules to protect privacy of Australians]

(17)   Clause 15, page 11 (line 7), at the end of subclause (4), add “ and to the Attorney-General”.

[rules to protect privacy of Australians]

(18)   Clause 15, page 11 (after line 10), at the end of the clause, add:

             (6)  The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security must brief the Committee on the content and effect of the rules if:

                     (a)  the Committee requests the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to do so; or

                     (b)  the rules change.

Note:          For Committee see section 3.

[rules to protect privacy of Australians]

(19)   Clause 19, page 12 (line 25) to page 13 (line 3), omit subclauses 19(1) and (2), substitute:

                   The Director-General must consult regularly with the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives for the purpose of keeping him or her informed on matters relating to ASIS.

[briefing the Leader of the Opposition about ASIS]

(20)   Heading to Part 4, page 17 (line 2), omit “ ASIO and ASIS ”, substitute “ ASIO, ASIS and DSD ”.

[Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(21)   Heading to clause 28, page 17 (line 4), omit “ ASIO and ASIS ”, substitute “ ASIO, ASIS and DSD ”.

[Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(22)   Clause 28, page 17 (line 6), omit “ASIO and ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS and DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(23)   Clause 29, page 17 (lines 18 and 19), omit “ASIO and ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS and DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(24)   Clause 29, page 17 (lines 19 and 20), omit “ASIO and ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS and DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(25)   Clause 29, page 17 (line 21), omit “ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(26)   Clause 29, page 17 (lines 29 and 30), omit “particular aspect of the activities of ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “matter in relation to the activities of ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(27)   Clause 29, page 17 (line 31), omit “aspect”, substitute “matter”.

[functions of Committee]

(28)   Clause 29, page 18 (lines 2 and 3), omit “ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(29)   Clause 29, page 18 (line 5), omit “ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(30)   Clause 29, page 18 (line 8), omit “ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(31)   Clause 29, page 18 (line 12), omit “ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(32)   Clause 29, page 18 (line 16), omit “ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[functions of Committee]

(33)   Heading to clause 30, page 18 (line 18), omit “ Directors-General ”, substitute “ Agency heads ”.

[agency heads and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to brief the Committee]

(34)   Clause 30, page 18 (after line 23), after paragraph 30(b), insert:

                   (ba)  the Director of DSD;

[agency heads and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to brief the Committee]

(35)   Clause 41, page 25 (line 18), omit “ agent and”.

[technical correction]

(36)   Heading to Schedule 1, page 26 (line 1), omit “ ASIO and ASIS ”, substitute “ ASIO, ASIS and DSD ”.

[Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(37)   Schedule 1, page 26 (before line 3), before Part 1, insert:

Part  1A Definitions

   

1A   Definitions

                   In this Schedule, unless the contrary intention appears:

agency means ASIO, ASIS or DSD.

agency head means:

                     (a)  the Director-General of Security; or

                     (b)  the Director-General of ASIS; or

                     (c)  the Director of DSD.

operationally sensitive information means information:

                     (a)  about sources of information, other operational assistance or operational methods available to ASIO, ASIS or DSD; or

                     (b)  about particular operations that have been, are being or are proposed to be undertaken by ASIO, ASIS or DSD; or

                     (c)  provided by, or by an agency of, a foreign government where that government does not consent to the public disclosure of the information.

responsible Minister , in relation to the review of a matter, means the Minister responsible for the agency concerned in relation to that matter.

[definitions]

(38)   Schedule 1, page 26 (line 10), omit the note.

[Committee must not require certain information to be disclosed]

(39)   Schedule 1, page 26 (line 18), omit “14”, substitute “5”.

[power to obtain information and documents]

(40)   Schedule 1, page 26 (lines 24 to 27), omit paragraphs (a) and (b), substitute:

                     (a)  an agency head; or

                     (b)  a staff member or agent of an agency; or

[power to obtain information and documents]

(41)   Schedule 1, page 27 (lines 8 to 10), omit subclause (6).

[power to obtain information and documents]

(42)   Schedule 1, page 27 (line 15), omit the heading to clause 3, substitute:

3   Provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(43)   Schedule 1, page 27 (lines 17 and 18), omit “the Director-General of Security or the Director-General of ASIS”, substitute “an agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(44)   Schedule 1, page 27 (line 22), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(45)   Schedule 1, page 27 (line 23), omit “14”, substitute “5”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(46)   Schedule 1, page 27 (line 24), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(47)   Schedule 1, page 27 (line 29), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(48)   Schedule 1, page 27 (line 30), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(49)   Schedule 1, page 28 (line 2), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(50)   Schedule 1, page 28 (line 4), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(51)   Schedule 1, page 28 (line 5), omit “Director-General”, substitute “agency head”.

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(52)   Schedule 1, page 28 (lines 6 to 8), omit subclause (6).

[provision of information to Committee by ASIO, ASIS and DSD]

(53)   Schedule 1, page 28 (lines 15 and 16), omit “either the Minister responsible for ASIO or the Minister responsible for ASIS”, substitute “a Minister responsible for an agency”.

[certificates by Minister]

(54)   Schedule 1, page 28 (lines 18 and 19), omit “the Director-General of Security or the Director-General of ASIS”, substitute “an agency head”.

[certificates by Minister]

(55)   Schedule 1, page 30 (line 14) to page 31 (line 14), omit subclauses 6(2) to (5), substitute:

             (2)  If the evidence is taken, or the document is produced, in a review conducted in private, the Committee must not disclose or publish, or authorise the disclosure or publication of the evidence or the contents of the document without the written authority of:

                     (a)  if the person who gave the evidence or produced the document is a staff member of an agency—the agency head; or

                     (b)  in any other case—the person who gave the evidence or produced the document.

             (3)  Subclause (2) does not apply:

                     (a)  if the evidence, or the contents of the document, have already been lawfully disclosed or published; or

                     (b)  in relation to a matter of which the Committee has become aware otherwise than because of the giving of any evidence before, or the production of any document to, the Committee.

             (4)  The Committee must not disclose or publish, or authorise the disclosure or publication of, the evidence, or the contents of the document, if the disclosure or publication would disclose a matter that the Committee is not, under clause 7, permitted to disclose in a report to a House of the Parliament.

             (5)  The Committee may obtain the advice of the responsible Minister or responsible Ministers concerned as to whether the disclosure or publication might disclose a matter of that kind.

[publication of evidence or contents of documents]

(56)   Schedule 1, page 31 (lines 24 and 25), omit “or agent of ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “of ASIO or ASIS or an agent of ASIO, ASIS or DSD”.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(57)   Schedule 1, page 31 (line 32), omit “either ASIO or ASIS”, substitute “an agency”.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(58)   Schedule 1, page 32 (line 1), omit the note.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(59)   Schedule 1, page 32 (line 2), omit “The Director-General of Security and the Director-General of ASIS”, substitute “An agency head”.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(60)   Schedule 1, page 32 (lines 4 and 5), omit “their respective agencies”, substitute “his or her agency”.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(61)   Schedule 1, page 32 (line 6), after “responsible Minister”, insert “or responsible Ministers concerned”.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(62)   Schedule 1, page 32 (line 10), omit “Parliament if the responsible Minister”, substitute “Parliament if a responsible Minister concerned”.

[restrictions on disclosure to Parliament]

(63)   Schedule 1, page 33 (lines 7 to 9), omit paragraph (1)(a), substitute:

                     (a)  the person discloses or publishes any evidence taken by, or the contents of any document produced to, the Committee in a review conducted in private; and

[offences relating to publishing or disclosing evidence or documents]

(64)   Schedule 1, page 33 (line 12), omit “member—the Director-General”, substitute “member of an agency—the agency head”.

[offences relating to publishing or disclosing evidence or documents]

(65)   Schedule 1, page 33 (line 31), omit “ASIS and ASIO”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS and DSD”.

[offences relating to publishing or disclosing evidence or documents]

(66)   Schedule 1, page 33 (line 33), omit “ASIS and ASIO”, substitute “ASIO, ASIS and DSD”.

[offences relating to publishing or disclosing evidence or documents]

(67)   Schedule 1, page 34 (lines 13 and 14), omit “the Director-General”, substitute “an agency head”.

[offences relating to giving evidence or producing documents]

(68)   Schedule 1, page 39 (lines 4 and 5), omit “the Director-General of Security and the Director-General of ASIS”, substitute “each of the agency heads”.

[meetings]

(69)   Schedule 1, page 40 (line 5), omit “and the Minister responsible for ASIS”, substitute “, the Minister responsible for ASIS and the Minister responsible for DSD”.

[proceedings]

(70)   Schedule 1, page 40 (lines 16 and 17), omit “the Director-General of Security and the Director-General of ASIS”, substitute “all of the agency heads”.

[protection of information and documents]