The Australian legal definition of terrorism and a brief history of terrorism in Australia set the context for national security intelligence laws. Recent national reforms are surveyed and critically examined here. It is concluded that they do not duplicate other powers and are subject to respectable, although not impeccable, safeguards. Some provisions need to be clarified to delimit their scope and others could be hampered in operation by the uncertainty of constitutionally implied limits.
This article was originally published as Rose, G and Nestorovska, D, Terrorism and national security intelligence laws: assessing Australian reforms, LawAsia - Journal of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific, 2005, 127-155.