Under section 29 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 (IS Act), it is a function of the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Intelligence and Security (the Committee) to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of Division 3 of Part III (the questioning and detention powers) of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (ASIO Act).
This report consists of three chapters:
The first chapter describes the current questioning and detention powers, the legislative history and use of the powers, and previous independent reviews. It also considers the extraordinary nature of the questioning and detention powers, and provides an overview of the current security environment.
Chapter 2 considers the need for an ASIO questioning power and need for an ASIO detention power in the current context, and
Chapter 3 considers the possible form of a future questioning model and presents the Committee’s findings.