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Amendments to the Telecommunications Interception & Intelligence Services Legislation Enhances Closer Relationships Among Australia’s National Security Agencies

Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 02, 2011

Australia’s National Security Agencies 2 Amendments to the Telecommunications Interception & Intelligence Services Legislation Enhances Closer Relationships Among Australia’s National Security Agencies

Amendments to the Telecommunications Interception & Intelligence Services Legislation Enhances Closer Relationships Among Australia’s National Security Agencies

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today welcomed the passage through Parliament of legislation to enhance cooperation, assistance and information sharing between Australia’s security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

“The Government’s National Security Statement and the Counter-Terrorism White Paper both underlined the need for a closer relationship between our national security agencies,” Mr McClelland said.

The Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 will enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) to more closely cooperate and assist one another in support of key national security priorities.

The Bill also provides greater flexibility for ASIO to share intelligence and information with the broader national security community, within strict guidelines. It will also enable ASIO to cooperate with and provide assistance to law enforcement agencies in relation to telecommunications interception and other areas of expertise such as technical support, logistics and analytical advice.

The legislation also contains an amendment to expand the size of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security which has an important oversight role of Australia’s national security and intelligence agencies.

“Ensuring our national security and law enforcement agencies have the ability to respond to threats to our national security is a key priority for the Gillard Government,” Mr McClelland said.

“The measures passed today represent a significant enhancement of the Government’s efforts to respond to important ongoing and emerging national security issues in order to protect the safety and security of Australians.”


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