Greens move to dump extreme Anti-Terrorism laws
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam will move to repeal the most extreme aspects of Australia‘s anti-terrorism laws, when he introduces a Private Senators Bill today.
“Australia’s Anti-Terrorism laws were rammed through Parliament in haste, by former Prime Minister John Howard. As a result mistakes were made – some aspects of the laws are extreme and undermine the human rights of all Australians,” said the Greens’ Attorneys General Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.
“Definitions within Australia’s anti-terrorism laws are so vague we all have cause for alarm and innocents can be caught in the cross-fire. For instance, you can be convicted for “recklessly possessing a thing” whatever that may be, or expressing political dissent. You can be questioned and detained for prolonged periods without charge and your right to a lawyer is compromised by complicated security clearances. My Anti-Terrorism Laws Reform Bill 2009 will repeal these anti-democratic measures.”
“My Bill provides Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with a historic opportunity to break with the past and follow US President Barrack Obama’s lead in rejecting what he calls ‘the false choice between our democratic values and our security.’ Mr Rudd should follow President Obama‘s lead in showing we don’t need to trash democratic principles, in order to save them.”
The Government will announce an independent review of the anti-terrorism laws later this week, but Senator Ludlam says there are some aspects of the laws that should be repealed straight away:
“We don’t need an independent reviewer to tell us that some of our anti-terrorism laws are anti-democratic and need to be repealed. In this Bill, the Greens have identified laws that are so out of step with Australia’s democratic principles that they should be repealed at once. There’s no need to waste the Reviewer’s time on measurers that we know have no place in a democracy,” said Senator Ludlam.
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ABC news coverage Greens push for review of anti-terrorism laws
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is pushing for a change to Australia’s anti-terrorism legislation introduced by the Howard government.
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