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Oz intelligence agency chief deems Immigration Department's terror list 'fallible'.

Melbourne, May 28(ANI): The Australian Immigration Department's list of people who present a possible security risk to the country has been labelled "very fallible" by the head of the country's chief intelligence agency.

In a Senate estimates hearing earlier this week, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Director-General of Security David Irvine expressed dissatisfaction with the list known as the Movement Alert List or MAL.

"The Movement Alert List is a list of individuals. It's a very fallible document, there are people who perhaps should be on it who aren't," The Age quoted Irvine, as saying.

He did, however, say that the list was "an immense assistance" to ASIO when trying to prevent potential terrorists from entering Australia.

MAL is a database of almost 630,000 people, which is used to screen over 25 million people who cross Australia's borders every year.

Half of the people on the list are there for reasons relating to national security such as terrorism or espionage. (ANI)

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Date:May 28, 2011
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