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Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Page: 914

Senator LUDLAM (11:50 AM) —I would like to establish whether the amendments that are contained in this bill allow ASIO to share information with a wider variety of people than it currently has the powers to do. For example, the Law Council raised the issue that ASIO will now be able to communicate information to, for example, a staff member of an authority of a state. I guess that could mean a senior police officer, but it would not necessarily mean a law enforcement officer; it could be someone in a health department. What I am tried to clarify is: is this new; have we expanded the range of people with whom ASIO can directly share intelligence or not?