The PJCIS, which began the review soon after the bill became law, recommended that a relevant section of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 be amended to require a review by it, before June 2020, of any amendments to the law.
A second recommendation was that sufficient resources be provided to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Dr James Renwick, who has been asked to review the law and report back by 1 March 2020.
The PJCIS referred the law to the INSLM on 27 March.
The government and the Labor Party struck a deal on 5 December last year to pass the bill the following day, the last sitting day of Parliament for the year.
About 50 pages of amendments were introduced on the morning of 6 December. There was no time to debate these changes, but despite this, Labor voted to pass the bill.
The government introduced an amended bill into Parliament on 13 February. It cleared the Senate but went no further.
Thursday is expected to be the last sitting day of Parliament with Prime Minister Scott Morrison expected to call an election either on Friday or over the weekend. The best indications are that the election will be held on 18 May.