Senate debates

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Selection of Bills Committee; Report

11:51 am

Photo of Anne McEwenAnne McEwen (SA, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I present the seventh report of 2013 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.

I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—


REPORT NO. 7 OF 2013

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 at 7.18 pm.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That the Telecommunications Amendment (Get a Warrant) Bill 2013 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2013 (see appendix for a statement of reasons for referral).

3. The committee resolved to recommend—That the following bills not be referred to committees:

        The committee recommends accordingly.

        4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:

                (Anne McEwen)


                20 June 2013



                Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                Name of bill:

                Telecommunications Amendment (Get a Warrant) Bill 2013

                Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                The relative merits and human rights and privacy implications should be compared for returning to the pre-2007 warrant authorisation procedures for law enforcement and intelligence agencies wishing to access telecommunications data or maintaining the current warrantless system that provides vast amounts of private data without warrant or judicial oversight.

                Possible submissions or evidence from:

                Law Council of Australia

                Law Society of New South Wales

                Liberty Victoria

                Australian Lawyers Alliance

                Australian Human Rights Commission

                Civil Liberties Australia

                Human Rights Law Resource Centre Ltd

                Dr Patrick Emerton, Monash University Law School

                Justice John Dowd, President, Australian chapter of the Int'l Commission of Jurists

                Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

                Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of NSW

                Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network

                Sydney Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, Sydney University

                Australian Federal Police

                State and Territory Police Forces

                Attorney General's Department


                Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                Legal and Constitutional References Committee

                Possible hearing date(s):


                Possible reporting date:

                31 October 2013


                Senator Siewert

                Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member