Message from the President

michael colbran

Michael Colbran QC

17 July 2014

The Law Council of Australia welcomes the Government’s decision to retain the role of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) and its referral of proposed new national security laws to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Scrutiny (PJCIS) for review.

The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 (the Bill) introduced into the Senate constitutes the most significant modification to Australia’s anti-terrorism laws in nine years.  

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