A new bill before parliament will significantly increase ASIO's powers to conduct offshore surveillance and extend surveillance to organisations such as WikiLeaks, just months after legislation widened ASIO's power to share the results of its spying.

The Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 was introduced into the House of Representatives in March without debate and is currently the subject of an inquiry by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. The inquiry deadline has been brought forward from September to June. So far there have been just six submissions (including ones from the Attorney-General's Department and Queensland Police predictably supporting the bill) -- reflecting the small number of stakeholders who are across the significance of these sorts of changes to legislation affecting intelligence services.