Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New Australia terror laws delayed

Plans by Australia's prime minister to bring in tough new anti-terror laws have been delayed in parliament due to opposition from regional leaders.

The government needs the support of the states - all run by the opposition Labor Party - to enforce the measures.

State leaders, who backed the bill last month but have yet to agree a detailed draft, fear it could threaten civil liberties and breach the constitution.

The law would allow terror suspects to be held without charge for 14 days.

Prime Minister John Howard wants the federal parliament to pass the legislation by Christmas, ahead of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games next March.

Lethal force

Under the new measures, police would be given greater stop-and-search powers and a unified command would be set up at the country's airports.

There are also plans to impose life sentences on anyone caught funding militant organisations.

The most controversial element is a shoot-to-kill provision, giving police officers the right to use lethal force in the pursuit of suspected terrorists.

The leaders of Australia's eight states and territories said in September they would back the law, in return for a promise from Mr Howard that the measures be reviewed after five years.

However, Mr Howard has been accused of trying to push through the legislation too quickly.

Human rights

Queensland state premier Peter Beattie told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio that the regional leaders needed more time to consider the bill.

"What we're trying to do is get sensible agreement that protects Australians from terror but also enables accountability and will not get knocked off in the high court," he said.

The Labor Party's left-wing faction passed a resolution on Sunday warning that the laws could breach Australia's international human rights obligations.

Muslim leaders have also expressed fears that the laws could spread intolerance.

Australia has never suffered a major terrorist attack on home soil, but has tightened security since the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

A total of 88 Australians died in bomb attacks on nightclubs on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali in 2002.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4395056.stm


Blogger Inochi said...

When will the left wing accept that these measures and laws need to be legislated in stone? When their families become victims of a Bomb blast in Australia? Are they so blind to think that this will never happen? History tells such a different story. How can we continue to fight terrorism humanely in an in-humane war? The Fundamental Extremist carrying out these bombings care not for humanity. They care not for us and they care not for global freedom.

We can see the Left wing’s reasoning but the stakes are too high when over 20 Million Australian lives are at risk every day. Why should we have to fear everyday whether we should catch that train or plane or not, or go into vastly populated areas that are prime targets for terrorist? Are we to believe that we can continue to support the coalition forces in Iraq but still be sparred of any reprisals on our home soil? Should we just only consider only life and deny all the innocent deaths around the world.

We cannot do this. We as the nation we are today need to protect what we have by any means possible (Meaning that proper laws need to be set in place). It seems that every one wants to classify John Howard as a racist when he is only a man that will do what is needed to be done to protect his nation and it people. He does not hate other nations. He hates people that kill unnecessarily and the countries that harbor these terrorist knowingly.

Kim Beazley in my view has not got any short or long term programs that are worth a listen to and spends most of his political career now cashing in publicly on any of Australia’s blunders that are most of the time actions from previous PM’s.

We need these laws set in place for everyone’s safety. If the arrested offenders are innocent then all is well and they should have nothing to fear. Most cases will not even last 14 days.
Peter Beattie should know that Surfers paradise would be a Prime Target for the frequent amount of people there at all times. Is the safety of people that frequent there disregarded so not to hurt someone’s feelings?

I am confident that eventually it will be passed. I just hope that it is not after an Attack on Australia.
We cannot afford to shy away from this most global affecting issues.

10:22 PM  

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