YEARS after it started campaigning for an independent review of Australia’s national security laws, the peak body representing the country’s lawyers has had a win.
The Law Council of Australia has congratulated the federal Government on the passage of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2010.
The Law Council made several submissions on the Bill that sought to create an independent review role.
The legal professional body said in a statement it is pleased that many of its recommendations about improving the role have been adopted in amendments approved by Parliament yesterday.
The Law Council has now urged the Government to “move swiftly” to appoint the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor and to ensure that they have adequate resources to fulfil this critical role.