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Australia's New Anti-Terror Laws
« on: 13 August 2009 at 00:32 »
The title is pure political spin. Your standard Labor (Obongo style nice) versus Liberal (Bush style racists) stuff. While some police powers have been reigned in, others have been broadened and more police powers have been created. As most of you know, a few years ago, my home was raided at the behest of the SA Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I had not committed any crimes. Was not suspected of committing any crimes. The raid was a fishing trip to gain information, hopefully find illegal drugs and weapons, and confiscate my computers in an attempt to scare me away and shut us down. Other than the computers being taken (and returned two years later) and other government departments harassing me for the next six months, the JOG accomplished nothing. While a corrupt politician using state Racial Vilification laws to harass non-politically correct citizens is quite common - and once you get past the harassment, you find that state Vilification law is quite toothless - the problem we now face is a Federal Government that has handed over to the police, specific powers to allow them to harass non-politically correct White people (nationalists, racialists, men's rights groups, White rights groups, constitutional reformists, freedom of speech activists, etcetera ...) and declare them to be terrorists.

What the media is concentrating on is the fact that the softening of the anti-terrorism laws will mean that Australia's politically correct environment will prevent non-Whites being effectively targeted and having their operations shut down. Don't get me wrong. The media are not warning you of the consequences of a softening of the laws. Rather, the media are gloating in their own way that it is an end to "racist" anti-terror laws - but in true government controlled media fashion, they refuse to point out that this could very well be the end of freedom of speech and political dissent within Australia for anyone who does not fit into a neat politically correct package. That is something that certainly effects Creators.


Rudd moves to soften terrorism laws,25197,25921975-601,00.html

Article from The Australian: Paul Maley and Sid Maher | August 13, 2009

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Robert McClelland has moved to soften elements of Australia's counter-terrorism laws, barely a week after police raided a cell of suspected Somali and Lebanese extremists in Melbourne.

In an effort to move beyond the laws created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the US and the 2002 Bali bombings, Mr McClelland announced a suite of changes to Australia's terror laws.

Under the changes announced last night, the length of time that police can detain terror suspects will be capped at nine days.

But police will be given the power to search premises without a warrant where they believe there is material that threatens public health, such as explosives or biological agents. [Edit: No warrant required. Just the biased Marxist beliefs of a copper.]

However, as a safeguard, police will not be able to enter a premises for the purpose of gathering evidence merely to address acute security threats. [Edit: Means absolutely nothing.]

The changes also extend the amount of time police have to re-enter premises from one hour to 12 in emergencies.

Mr McClelland said the government's proposals hardened Australia's laws in some areas and moderated them in others.

But he left little doubt that overall the adjustments represented a softening of the body of laws introduced by the Howard government, which he said had been passed "expeditiously" following the September 11 attacks and the 2002 Bali bombings.

Under the changes, the definition of a terrorist act will be expanded to include acts of "psychological" harm, as well as physical injury, and police will be allowed to search premises without a warrant if they believe dangerous materials, such as bombs or biological weapons, are located inside.

A new "terrorism hoax" offence will also be created, punishing people with up to 10 years' jail if they convey the impression a terror attack is imminent. [Edit: Possibly the only good addition to anti-terror laws. Reds are renowned for accusing "racists" of acts of terrorism.]

And it will become an offence to incite violence against somebody on the basis of their race, religion or political opinion.

The changes also effectively abolish the offence of sedition, renaming it as "urging violence" and expanding its definition to include individuals as well as groups.
  [Edit: Consider that causing "psychological harm" is now as much of a crime as "urging violence."]

Mr McClelland said Australia's existing laws were the product of the post-September 11 environment and the shock of the 2002 Bali attacks.

When asked if the Howard government had overshot the mark in drafting the laws, Mr McClelland said last night: "The previous legislation was introduced expeditiously as the circumstances required as an immediate response to the event of September 11 and the Bali bomb attacks.

"The government was required to act and acted expeditiously."

But Mr McClelland said the time had come to recalibrate the laws. "I think it's appropriate, given reflections, given time, that we now need to shift our focus to a frame of reference that is long-term so that the public accepts the legislation which in many instances had time limits or sunset clauses, accepts the legislation as being valid, credible and effective, but balanced for the long term," he said. [Edit: He means target the wider, Whiter, non-politically correct community.]

"This is the philosophy with which we've approached this task with."

The most significant changes will see a cap of nine days placed on the amount of time police can detain a terror suspect without charge.

Under the existing laws, the police may apply to interview a suspect for up to 20 hours. However, the interviews can be suspended as police pursue their inquiries, leaving detention time effectively open-ended.

The cap is a direct response to the case of Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef, who was detained without charge for 13 days.

Mr McClelland also ruled out passing laws that would restrict the media's reporting of terror cases, saying a protocol or convention between the media and the police was the best way to go.

Referring to controversy surrounding The Australian's reporting of last week's terror raids in Melbourne, Mr McClelland acknowledged the goodwill of the paper and said a "lack of clarity" about the arrangment [sic] between the Australian Federal Police and The Australian was to blame for the subsequent confusion, not a lack of faith on either side.

Opposition justice spokesman George Brandis promised the opposition would consider the proposals carefully.

But he said the Howard government had got the "balance right" when it came to ensuring security and protecting liberties.

"Before supporting any extension of the laws to make them more invasive we would need to be persuaded of a demonstrated inadequacy of the existing laws," Senator Brandis said.

"Conversely, we find it perplexing that to the extent that aspects of the package appear to weaken the exsiting [sic] laws, that should be done at a time when the national threat assesment [sic] has not changed."

University of NSW law professor George Williams said the proposals represented the biggest changes to the anti-terror laws since that the Howard government's 2005 response to the London bombings.

"I welcome the fact that many of the changes will fix known problems ... fixing operational problems and well as where the laws go too far," he said.

Professor Williams welcomed the fact that there would be a sustained period of community debate about the proposed terror law changes.

Another article on the same topic:,23599,25919964-29277,00.html
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