Calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into Artificial Intelligence

Today Abigail called for the establishment of a select committee to investigate the potential risks and uses of AI and for laws regulating it to be finalised.  

(1) That a select committee be established to inquire into and report on the development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including facial recognition, biometric surveillance, algorithmic decision making and similar technologies, and in particular:

(a) the current and planned use of AI within and by NSW Government departments, agencies and contractors,

(b) the opportunities and potential uses of such technology,

(c) the potential risks arising from the use of such technology,

(d) how the potential dangers surrounding these emerging technologies are being addressed and mitigated in other jurisdictions, 

(e) how AI systems are being assessed in relation to ethics and responsibility,

(f) the ownership of data collected for AI and mechanisms for protecting privacy,

(g) the impact and effectiveness of the current legislative and enforcement framework in managing those risks,

(h) levels of transparency and accountability regarding the use of AI,

(i) the impact of the use of AI on human rights,

(j) the right to challenge AI-informed decisions, 

(k) the effectiveness and availability of redress mechanisms,

(l) algorithmic bias, discrimination and unfairness associated with such technology,

(m) effects of AI systems on the environment, and

(n) any other related matter.

(2) That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the standing orders, the committee consist of seven members comprising:

(a) three government members,

(b) two opposition members, and

(c) two crossbench members, including Ms Boyd.

(3) That the Chair of the committee be Ms Boyd.

(4) That, unless the committee decides otherwise:

(a) submissions to the inquiry are to be published, subject to the Committee Clerk checking for confidentiality and adverse mention and, where those issues arise, bringing them to the attention of the committee for consideration,

(b) the Chair’s proposed witness list is to be circulated to provide members with an opportunity to amend the list, with the witness list agreed to by email, unless a member requests the Chair to convene a meeting to resolve any disagreement,

(c) the sequence of questions to be asked at hearings is to alternate between government, opposition and crossbench members, in order determined by the committee, with equal time allocated to each,

(d) transcripts of evidence taken at public hearings are to be published,

(e) supplementary questions are to be lodged with the Committee Clerk within two days, excluding Saturday and Sunday, following the receipt of the hearing transcript, with witnesses requested to return answers to questions on notice and supplementary questions within 21 calendar days of the date on which questions are forwarded to the witness, and

(f) answers to questions on notice and supplementary questions are to be published, subject to the Committee Clerk checking for confidentiality and adverse mention and, where those issues arise, bringing them to the attention of the committee for consideration.

(5) That the committee report by 1 July 2024.

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