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Intelligence Services Bill 2001

1998-1999-2000-2001

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intelligence Services Bill 2001

 

No.      , 2001

 

(Foreign Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to the Australian intelligence services, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

4............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 4

5............ Application of Criminal Code ............................................................. 4

Part 2—Functions of the agencies                                                                                 5

6............ Functions of ASIS.............................................................................. 5

7............ Functions of DSD............................................................................... 6

8............ Ministerial directions........................................................................... 6

9............ Ministerial authorisation...................................................................... 7

10.......... Period during which authorisation has effect etc................................. 8

11.......... Limits on agencies’ functions.............................................................. 8

12.......... Limits on agencies’ activities............................................................... 9

13.......... Co-operation with other authorities..................................................... 9

14.......... Liability for certain acts..................................................................... 10

15.......... Rules to protect privacy of Australians............................................. 10

Part 3—Establishment of ASIS and role of Director-General                  12

Division 1—Establishment and control of ASIS                                            12

16.......... Establishment of ASIS on a statutory basis...................................... 12

17.......... Appointment of Director-General..................................................... 12

18.......... Control of ASIS................................................................................ 12

19.......... Briefing the Leader of the Opposition about ASIS........................... 12

Division 2—Administrative provisions relating to the Director-General             14

20.......... Period of appointment....................................................................... 14

21.......... Remuneration etc............................................................................... 14

22.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 14

23.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 14

24.......... Acting Director-General.................................................................... 15

25.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 16

26.......... Disclosure of interests by Director-General...................................... 16

27.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 16

Part 4—Committee on ASIO and ASIS                                                                  17

28.......... Committee on ASIO and ASIS......................................................... 17

29.......... Functions of the Committee.............................................................. 17

30.......... Directors-General and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to brief the Committee 18

31.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 18

32.......... Schedule 1......................................................................................... 19

Part 5—Staff of ASIS                                                                                                         20

33.......... Employment of staff.......................................................................... 20

34.......... Engagement of consultants................................................................ 20

35.......... Applicability of principles of Public Service Act 1999 ...................... 20

36.......... Special provisions relating to existing staff....................................... 21

37.......... Staff grievances................................................................................. 21

38.......... Application of Crimes Act................................................................ 22

Part 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        23

39.......... Communication of certain information—ASIS................................. 23

40.......... Communication of certain information—DSD.................................. 24

41.......... Publication of identity of staff........................................................... 24

42.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 25

43.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 25

Schedule 1—Committee on ASIO and ASIS                                    26

Part 1—Procedure                                                                                                                26

1............ Committee must not require certain information to be disclosed....... 26

2............ Power to obtain information and documents..................................... 26

3............ Provision of information to Committee by ASIO and ASIS............. 27

4............ Certificates by Minister..................................................................... 28

5............ Evidence............................................................................................ 30

6............ Publication of evidence or contents of documents............................. 30

7............ Restrictions on disclosure to Parliament............................................ 31

8............ Continuance of evidence................................................................... 32

Part 2—Offences                                                                                                                   33

9............ Offences relating to publishing or disclosing evidence or documents 33

10.......... Offences relating to giving evidence or producing documents.......... 34

11.......... Protection of witnesses..................................................................... 35

12.......... Secrecy.............................................................................................. 35

13.......... Prosecution of offences..................................................................... 36

Part 3—Administration                                                                                                     37

14.......... Appointment of members.................................................................. 37

15.......... Term of office................................................................................... 37

16.......... Chair................................................................................................. 38

17.......... Meetings........................................................................................... 38

18.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 39

19.......... Voting at meetings............................................................................ 39

20.......... Proceedings....................................................................................... 40

21.......... Staff of the Committee must be cleared for security purposes........... 40

22.......... Protection of information and documents.......................................... 40

 



A Bill for an Act relating to the Australian intelligence services, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule  1 Committee on ASIO and ASIS

Note:       See section 32.