Committee to review ‘Declared area’ provisions

House of Representatives

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS)

has commenced a statutory review into the ‘declared area’ provisions, listed in sections 119.2 and 119.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The provisions were introduced as part of the Foreign Fighters Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendments in 2014, and make it an offence for a person to enter, or remain in, declared areas of a foreign country, historically on the basis of regional terrorism activity.

Under a sunset clause, the provisions are due to expire on 7 September 2021. The Committee will review and make recommendations on whether they should be extended.

The Committee requests submissions to the inquiry by Friday 28 August 2020.

Prospective submitters are advised that any submission to the Committee’s inquiry must be prepared solely for the inquiry and should not be published prior to being accepted by the Committee.

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