Review of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and Other Legislation Amendments (Modernisation) Bill 2022
The Law Council is grateful for the opportunity to provide a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security‘s (the Joint Committee’s) inquiry into the provisions of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Modernisation) Bill 2022 (Cth) (IGIS Bill).
In the limited time available, the Law Council has not had an opportunity to consider in detail each aspect of the IGIS Bill. While reserving its position on the majority of the proposed measures within the Bill, the Law Council provides in this submission observations on the following general issues:
- the appointment of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (Inspector-General);
- the Inspector-General’s statutory functions;
- the safeguards needed to adequately protect those who are required to provide privileged information to the Inspector-General, especially in relation to the privilege against self-incrimination; and
- consistency with comparable legislative schemes’ approaches to legal professional privilege.