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Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2010

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2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2009

 

 

(1)     Clause 3, page 2 (lines 12 and 13), omit paragraph (c), substitute:

                     (c)  is consistent with Australia’s international obligations, including:

                              (i)  human rights obligations; and

                             (ii)  counter-terrorism obligations; and

                            (iii)  international security obligations; and

[object]

(2)     Clause 4, page 2 (before line 18), before the definition of counter-terrorism and national security legislation , insert:

Committee on Intelligence and Security means the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security established under the Intelligence Services Act 2001 .

[functions of the Monitor]

(3)     Clause 4, page 4 (after line 6), after the definition of head , insert:

National Security Legislation Monitor means the person appointed in accordance with section 11.

[title of the Monitor]

(4)     Clause 4, page 4 (lines 26 and 27), omit the definition of National Security Legislation Monitor .

[title of the Monitor]

(5)     Clause 6, page 6 (line 9), after “review”, insert “, on his or her own initiative,”.

[functions of the Monitor]

(6)     Clause 6, page 6 (lines 15 to 19), omit paragraph (1)(b), substitute:

                     (b)  to consider, on his or her own initiative, whether any legislation mentioned in paragraph (a):

                              (i)  contains appropriate safeguards for protecting the rights of individuals; and

                             (ii)  remains proportionate to any threat of terrorism or threat to national security, or both; and

                            (iii)  remains necessary;

[functions of the Monitor]

(7)     Clause 6, page 6 (after line 22), after subclause (1), insert:

          (1A)  If a matter is referred to the National Security Legislation Monitor by the Committee on Intelligence and Security, the Monitor may perform the function set out in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) in relation to the matter.

[functions of the Monitor]

(8)     Heading to clause 7, page 7 (line 4), omit the heading, substitute:

7   References to the National Security Legislation Monitor by the Prime Minister

[functions of the Monitor]

(9)     Page 7 (after line 11), after clause 7, insert:

7A   References to the National Security Legislation Monitor by the Committee on Intelligence and Security

             (1)  The Committee on Intelligence and Security may refer to the National Security Legislation Monitor a matter that the Committee:

                     (a)  becomes aware of in the course of performing its functions under subsection 29(1) of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ; and

                     (b)  considers should be referred to the Monitor.

             (2)  It is a function of the Committee on Intelligence and Security to refer the matter to the National Security Legislation Monitor.

[functions of the Monitor]

(10)   Clause 8, page 7 (lines 16 and 17), omit paragraph (a), substitute:

                     (a)  Australia’s obligations under international agreements (as in force from time to time), including:

                              (i)  human rights obligations; and

                             (ii)  counter-terrorism obligations; and

                            (iii)  international security obligations; and

[international obligations]

(11)   Clause 10, page 8 (lines 13 and 14), omit paragraph (2)(a).

[consultation by the Monitor]

(12)   Clause 10, page 8 (after line 16), after paragraph (2)(c), insert:

                    (ca)  the Human Rights Commissioner; or

                   (cb)  the Privacy Commissioner; or

                    (cc)  the head of an agency established by a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory; or

[consultation by the Monitor]

(13)   Clause 29, page 18 (lines 4 to 7), omit subclause (1), substitute:

             (1)  The National Security Legislation Monitor must prepare and give to the Prime Minister a report (an annual report ):

                     (a)  relating to the performance of the Monitor’s functions as set out in paragraphs 6(1)(a) and (b); and

                     (b)  containing such details relating to the performance of the Monitor’s function as set out in paragraph 6(1)(c) as the Monitor considers appropriate.

[annual report]

(14)   Heading to clause 30, page 19 (line 19), omit the heading, substitute:

30   Report on a reference by the Prime Minister

[functions of the Monitor]

(15)   Clause 30, page 19 (line 21), at the end of subclause (1), add “made under section 7”.

[functions of the Monitor]

(16)   Clause 3, page 2 (line 4), omit “a”, substitute “an”.

[title of the Monitor]

(17)   Clause 5, page 6 (line 5), omit “a”, substitute “an”.

[title of the Monitor]

(18)   Clause 8, page 7 (line 14), before “National Security Legislation Monitor’s”, insert “Independent”.

[title of the Monitor]

(19)   Part 1 to Part 5, page 1 (line 5) to page 20 (line 15), before “National Security Legislation Monitor” (wherever occurring), insert “Independent”.

[title of the Monitor]

(20)   Title, page 1 (line 2), omit “ a National ”, substitute “ an Independent National ”.

[title of the Monitor]