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Jessie Blackbourn

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The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s first term: an appraisal

Introduction The enactment of a vast number of new and increasingly innovative antiterrorism laws has been a feature of the legislative landscape in Australia in the years since the terrorist attacks on the United States of America (‘US’) on September 11, 2001. The exceptional nature...
Commentary

Seeing a problem and passing a law

George Brandis’s latest anti-terror laws will be presented to parliament next month. How well do they balance civil liberties and security? Attorney-general George Brandis’s announcement last week that a fifth set of counter-terrorism laws will be introduced into parliament next month came as no surprise...
Commentary

Buyer’s remorse

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has pointed to Britain’s parliamentary oversight of security agencies as a way of moderating Australia’s latest security laws. IN A SERIES of unusual moves over the past couple of weeks, Labor has exhibited what looks like a degree of regret over...
Commentary

How reactive law-making will limit the accountability of ASIO

The Coalition’s new security legislation shows that it hasn’t learnt the lessons of twelve years of terrorism law-making When attorney-general George Brandis announced new national security legislation last week, Australia entered a new phase of anti-terrorism law-making. As its title suggests, the National Security Legislation...
Commentary

The Independent Security Monitor’s unfinished work

The federal government’s plan to abolish the permanent security oversight body is based on a flawed reading of its role, argue Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity. WHEN Tony Abbott outlined the content of the government’s first “repeal day” – “the biggest bonfire of regulations in...