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New inquiry: ASIO's public reporting activities.



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Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

MEDIA RELEASE NEW INQUIRY: ASIO's PUBLIC REPORTING ACTIVITIES

The Parliament's ASIO watchdog, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on ASIO, is conducting an inquiry into ASIO's public reporting activities.

The Attorney-General has asked the Committee to inquire into the nature, scope and appropriateness of the way in which ASIO reports to the Australian public on its activities.

The Attorney-General's reference arises out of the Committee's Review of the ASIO Legislation Amendment Bill 1999 , in which the Committee noted arguments in some submissions that the Australian public's confidence in ASIO might be enhanced through more open reporting practices.

ASIO currently reports to the Australian public through its censored annual report, tabled in Parliament, and through a number of public information brochures available from government bookshops. Some information on ASIO is also disclosed to Parliament through the annual report of the Inspector-General of Security and Intelligence (IGIS), and through portfolio budget statements and the Senate Estimates process.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee on ASIO is advertising its inquiry into ASIO's public reporting activities on Saturday, 29 April 2000, and is calling for submissions to be sent to the Committee by 26 May 2000. A copy of the advertisement is overleaf. The Committee plans to hold public hearings in July and hopes to table its report in the Spring sittings

of Parliament.

More information on the ASIO Committee and the inquiry can be found on our website: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/pjcasio

Canberra

28 April 2000

For comment, contact the Presiding Member of the Committee Hon David Jull MP on (07) 3299 1159 or (02) 6277 2182.

For information, contact Grant Harrison or Bronwen Jaggers from the Committee Secretariat on (02) 6277 2360.

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