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TELECOMMUNICATIONS (INTERCEPTION AND ACCESS) ACT 1979 - SECT 185D

Notification etc. of authorisations intended to identify media sources

The Organisation

             (1)  If a journalist information warrant is issued under Subdivision B of Division 4C of Part 4-1:

                     (a)  the Director-General of Security must, as soon as practicable, give a copy of the warrant to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; and

                     (b)  the Attorney-General must, as soon as practicable, cause the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to be notified of the issuing of the warrant.

             (2)  If an authorisation under Division 3 of Part 4-1 is made under the authority of the warrant, the Director-General of Security must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the warrant, give a copy of the authorisation to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General gives to the Minister a report under section 22 or 25A of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 ; and

                     (b)  the report relates (wholly or partly) to one or both of the following:

                              (i)  a journalist information warrant issued to the Organisation;

                             (ii)  one or more authorisations referred to in subsection (2) of this section;

the Minister must, as soon as practicable, cause a copy of the report to be given to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

             (4)  The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security may request a briefing from the Inspector-General on:

                     (a)  a journalist information warrant; or

                     (b)  an authorisation or authorisations;

to which a report referred to in paragraph (3)(b) of this section relates.

Enforcement agencies

             (5)  If a journalist information warrant is issued to an enforcement agency:

                     (a)  if the agency was the Australian Federal Police:

                              (i)  the Commissioner of Police must, as soon as practicable, give copies of the warrant to the Minister and the Ombudsman; and

                             (ii)  the Minister must, as soon as practicable after receiving a copy, cause the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to be notified of the issuing of the warrant; and

                     (b)  otherwise--the chief officer of the agency must, as soon as practicable, give a copy of the warrant to the Ombudsman.

             (6)  If an authorisation under Division 4 of Part 4-1 is made under the authority of the warrant, the chief officer of the agency must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the warrant, give a copy of the authorisation to the Ombudsman.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  the Ombudsman gives to the Minister a report under section 186J of this Act; and

                     (b)  the report relates (wholly or partly) to one or both of the following:

                              (i)  a journalist information warrant issued to the Australian Federal Police;

                             (ii)  one or more authorisations, referred to in subsection (6) of this section, that were made by one or more authorised officers of the Australian Federal Police;

the Minister must, as soon as practicable, cause a copy of the report to be given to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

             (8)  The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security may request a briefing from the Ombudsman on:

                     (a)  a journalist information warrant; or

                     (b)  an authorisation or authorisations;

to which a report referred to in paragraph (7)(b) of this section relates.



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