The majority voted in favour of passing the bill in the Senate. Because the bill has already passed in the House of Representatives, it can now become law.
What does this bill do?
According to the bills digest:
The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Act to replace the existing framework for questioning warrants and questioning and detention warrants with a revised questioning warrant framework, make related changes to the Act and other legislation, and amend provisions in the Act relating to the use of surveillance devices.
- expanding the purposes of questioning from terrorism offences to politically motivated violence, espionage and foreign interference
- lowering the minimum age for the subject of a warrant from 16 to 14 years of age
- having the Attorney-General issue warrants directly in place of an issuing authority
- allowing for requests for warrants to be made, and warrants to be issued, orally in some circumstances
- creating a new framework to allow the use of certain tracking devices by ASIO with internal authorisation from higher level officers (currently the use of such devices requires a warrant)