On 4 March 2004, the Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP, announced this Inquiry into Australia’s intelligence agencies. The announcement followed the release on 1 March of the report of the inquiry of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD into intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The Prime Minister requested, without seeking to limit this Inquiry, that it should provide advice on:
– the effectiveness of the intelligence community’s current oversight and accountability mechanisms as they relate to such matters as the setting of priorities, the assigning to the priorities of appropriate resources, and the delivery of high-quality and independent intelligence advice to the government
– the suitability of the current division of labour among the intelligence agencies and communication between them
– the maintenance of contestability in the provision to government of intelligence assessments
– the adequacy of current resourcing of intelligence agencies and in particular ONA.