Watchdog wary of terror review role

THE senior public servant earmarked as the first independent reviewer of Australia's counter-terrorism laws does not want the job.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Ian Carnell, fears the new role could compromise the independence of his office.

"I'm not thrusting forward and saying, 'I'm the best model to take it'," Mr Carnell said.

In what is set to become amajor embarrassment for Attorney-General Robert McClelland, Mr Carnell told The Australian that given the highly contentious nature of the counter-terrorism laws, he was concerned his office could become overly politicised.

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