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Bill for cooperation between security agencies

Australia: Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 requiring Australia’s security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to cooperate, assist one another and share information, have been welcomed by the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland.

McClelland said the Bill would 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. He added that the Government’s National Security Statement and the Counter-Terrorism White Paper both underlined the need for a closer relationship between national security agencies.

According to McClelland, the Bill also contained an amendment to expand the size of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security which had an important oversight role of Australia’s national security and intelligence agencies.

Source: www.psnews.com.au