The majority supported extending the sunset clauses of particular security measures like preventative detention orders by an extra ten years. This means that those security measures can continue for another ten years before they will be reviewed.
Background to the bill
A number of incidents happened before and after this bill's introduction. There was one of the biggest counter-terrorism operations in Australian history. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott also confirmed that Australia would be sending the military to Iraq to fight the Islamic State (IS) (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)).
Two particularly significant incidents were when:
- Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir threatened Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an IS video;
- Canadian gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau attacked the Canadian Parliament.
Read the bills digest for more information about the bill.