The first law passed on October 1st. It allows …

The first law passed on October 1st. It allows the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the country’s domestic spy agency, to access computer networks broadly. It also imposes a possible ten-year prison sentence on journalists and whistleblowers who reveal “special” security operations. A second measure, known as the “foreign fighters bill”, is expected to pass by late October. It creates a new offence of “advocating terrorism” and extends to 2025 ASIO’s powers to detain and question suspects without charge; those powers had been due to expire next year. Australians will also be banned from visiting a foreign region that the foreign minister decrees a “declared area”: one where terrorist groups are fighting.

Australia and terrorism: Pushing the limits | The Economist

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