The Government's First Tranche Of Anti-Terror Laws Was Just Passed In The House Of Reps

Attorney-General George Brandis. Image: Getty/Sergio Dionisio

The federal government’s first tranche of anti-terrorism legislation has just passed through the House of Representatives.

The new counter-terrorism laws, which passed the lower house on Wednesday, gives Australia’s security agencies, such as ASIO, greater powers.

Here are the sections of the legislation that were agreed upon by Parliament:

  • Enhanced search and surveillance powers for ASIO including computer access and inspection of postal and delivery service articles.
  • Limited immunity for special operations intelligence officers
  • New ‘whistleblower’ offences for unauthorised dealings with an intelligence-related record
  • Maximum 10 years imprisonment for unauthorised communication and publication of intelligence-related information
  • Increased penalties for identifying intelligence officers

The legislation cleared the Senate last week after gaining bipartisan support.

Brandis said the new tranche of anti-terror laws will broaden the definition of “control orders” and grant the government the ability to declare whole countries as “no-go zones”.

Over the next four years $600 million will be allocated to ASIO, the AFP, ASIS, ONA, and Customs and Border Protection to bolster counter-terrorism efforts.

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