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INSLM to review National Security Information Act

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

Today I asked the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM), Grant Donaldson SC, to conduct a review into the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (NSI Act).

This reference responds to the INSLM's report of the NSI's application in the 'Alan Johns' matter, tabled today in Parliament.

The whole of the NSI Act will now be referred to the INSLM for review. This is supported by Mr Donaldson who agrees that a review of the Act is beneficial.

The review will consider how the Commonwealth can better balance the vital importance of open justice with the essential need to protect national security.

I appreciate Mr Donaldson's valuable work providing independent oversight of Australia's national security legislation.

The Government is committed to ensuring that the appropriate laws are in place to ensure the proper administration of justice and protect national security information.

The INSLM's report into the operation of the NSI Act in the 'Alan Johns' matter can be found on the INSLM website.

The Government will carefully consider the INSLM's recommendations before providing a response.