Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule - The Criminal Code  

Section 3

CHAPTER 5 - THE SECURITY OF THE COMMONWEALTH  

Part 5.5 - Foreign incursions and recruitment  

Division 119 - Foreign incursions and recruitment  

SECTION 119.3   Declaration of areas for the purposes of section 119.2  

(1)  
The Foreign Affairs Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare an area in a foreign country for the purposes of section 119.2 if he or she is satisfied that a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity in that area of the foreign country.

(2)  
A single declaration may cover areas in 2 or more foreign countries if the Foreign Affairs Minister is satisfied that one or more listed terrorist organisations are engaging in a hostile activity in each of those areas.

(2A)  
A declaration must not cover an entire country. Requirement to brief Leader of the Opposition

(3)  
Before making a declaration, the Foreign Affairs Minister must arrange for the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives to be briefed in relation to the proposed declaration. Cessation of declaration

(4)  
A declaration ceases to have effect on the third anniversary of the day on which it takes effect. To avoid doubt, this subsection does not prevent:


(a) the revocation of the declaration; or


(b) the making of a new declaration the same in substance as the previous declaration (whether the new declaration is made or takes effect before or after the previous declaration ceases to have effect because of this subsection).

Note:

An offence committed in relation to the declared area before the cessation can be prosecuted after the cessation: see section 7 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 as it applies because of paragraph 13(1)(a) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

(5)  
If:


(a) an area is declared under subsection (1); and


(b) the Foreign Affairs Minister ceases to be satisfied that a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity in the area;

the Foreign Affairs Minister must revoke the declaration.

Note:

The Foreign Affairs Minister may, for example, cease to be satisfied that a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity in the area if the organisation ceases to be specified in the regulations.

(5A)  


Even if paragraph (5)(b) does not apply in relation to a declaration, the Foreign Affairs Minister may revoke the declaration if that Minister considers it necessary or desirable to do so.

(6)  


To avoid doubt, if a declaration of an area is revoked under subsection (5) or (5A), the revocation of the declaration does not prevent the area from being subsequently declared under subsection (1) if the Foreign Affairs Minister becomes, or remains, satisfied as mentioned in subsection (1). Review of declaration

(7)  


The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security may:


(a) review a declaration; and


(b) report the Committee ' s comments and recommendations to each House of the Parliament before the end of the applicable disallowance period for that House.

(8)  


In addition, at any time while a declaration is in effect, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security may:


(a) review the declaration; and


(b) report the Committee ' s comments and recommendations to each House of the Parliament.




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