The government has been trying since last year to introduce laws to collect additional types of biometric data and extend the legislation to include Australian citizens.

But its efforts – included as part of its ‘foreign fighters’ bill – were initially knocked back by the parliamentary committee reviewing the bill, which argued such changes should by covered under entirely new legislation given the sensitive nature of the information involved.

The government therefore introduced its Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 in March this year.

The bill aims to expand biometric data collection to include fingerprints and iris scans in order to tackle the threat of Australians seeking to travel overseas to fight with terrorist organisations.

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