Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Intelligence and Security Joint Committee; Report
On behalf of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, I present the committee's report entitled Review of the listing and re-listing of six organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code.
Report made a parliamentary paper in accordance with standing order 39(e).
by leave—Today I present the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report:
We, as a committee, review regulations which list a group as a terrorist organisation for the purposes of offences under division 102 of the Criminal Code. We examine the information provided by the Australian intelligence community to the Minister for Home Affairs in support of a listing to ensure that it demonstrates that the group to be listed is:
We also oversee the process by which a group has been listed to ensure it meets the requirements of the Criminal Code. The committee's review of these regulations provides additional scrutiny and assurance for the public that the listing of these groups as terrorist organisations is reasonable and necessary for national security.
This due diligence is very important because individuals who engage with terrorist organisations listed under the Criminal Code may be charged with serious offences. These offences include being a member of a terrorist organisation, recruiting on behalf of a terrorist organisation or getting funds to or from a terrorist organisation.
Our review supported the listing of the following groups as terrorist organisations as defined under the Criminal Code: Islamic State Somalia, and the relisting of Abu Sayyaf Group, al-Qa'ida, al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and Jemaah Islamiya.
We received evidence that:
Our report therefore supports the listing and relisting of these organisations and finds no reason to disallow the regulations. I commend this report to the House.