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Comprehensive review of the legal framework governing the National Intelligence Community

The submission to the Attorney-General’s Department regarding the Comprehensive review of the legal framework governing the National Intelligence Community (Review), led by Dennis Richardson AO was prepared by the Law Council. 

The Law Council understands the Review follows a recommendation made by Professor Michael L’Estrange AO and Mr Stephen Merchant PSM who undertook the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review (IIR).

The IIR recommended there be a comprehensive review of the Acts governing Australia’s intelligence community to ensure agencies operate under a legislative framework which is clear, coherent and contains consistent protections for Australians. The IIR recommended this comprehensive review consider the different warrant thresholds across various Acts which may create uncertainty.

The Law Council previously wrote to the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Home Affairs, the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) and the Inspector-General of Security and Intelligence (IGIS) offering its views and assistance following the IIR.

You can read the full submission below.

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