Committee finds time frames for security laws too long

THE Abbott government's controversial "foreign fighters" counter-terrorism reforms need to expire earlier than first proposed, and several other key changes should be made before parliament passes the laws, a parliament committee has found.

A report on the second tranche of the government's national security reforms was released on Friday.

It has measures allowing the Attorney-General to declare no-go zones in foreign countries, delay notification warrants and other key measures that should expire two years after the next election.

The government originally proposed the reforms would last 10 years, before expiring, but the bipartisan committee has recommended the most controversial aspects should expire earlier.

Under the bills, the government would create new penalties for "advocating" and not just "inciting" terrorism and create "no-go zones" in terrorism hotspots.

The committee also called on the government to reduce the time allowed for intelligence officers to notify people after their properties had been searched, under delayed notification warrants, from 18 moths to a year.



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