Review of the National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 2) Bill 2023
The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (the Committee’s) in response to review of the National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 2) Bill 2023 (the Bill).
The Law Council has been unable to consider all aspects of the Bill in detail because of the limited time for consultation, nor has it had the opportunity to adequately consult with its membership on the proposed reforms. For this reason, the views expressed in this submission are preliminary and the Law Council has only responded to select issues. For the avoidance of doubt, the absence of specific comment in relation to a provision should not be read as an implicit endorsement of that provision by the Law Council.
The Law Council has extensively considered the principles underpinning the legislative framework and operations of the National Intelligence Community (the NIC) in its response to the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework Governing the National Intelligence Community (the Richardson Review).1
1 See more generally, the Law Council’s submission to the Richardson Review: Law Council of Australia, Submission to Dennis Richardson AO Attorney-General’s Department, Comprehensive review of the legal framework governing the National Intelligence Community (27 November 2018) 9-10. (‘LCA 2018 Richardson Review Sub’)