Network for International Protection of Refugees
(Special Page on Australia's Anti-Terrorism Law)
On 8th September 2005, the Australian Prime Minister John Howards announced that the government will introduce a tough new anti-terrorism law. According to the Prime Minister's press release, the new measures will include preventative detention and control orders. Under these new measures, the authorities can arrest and detain terrorist suspects with new a power that is quite diffrent from the power that being granted to the ASIO and police.
Human rights groups have expressed their concerns about the new measures. The government did not release the draft to the public.
On 14 October 2005, the ACT Chief Minister put the secret draft bill on his website. On 16 October, three panel of law experts gave their first assessment of the anti-terrorism legislation.
On 2nd November 2005, the government swiftly introduced a short --4 pages -- amendament to the existing terrorism law (Criminal Code of 1995). Government cites an urgency to amend, fact disputed by the opposition and minor parties.
On 3rd November 2005, the government formally introduced Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005. The government promised that it will not rush to enact the legislation and Senate will have 3 weeks to conduct debate on the Bill.
17/10/05: The Law Council of Australia and Opposition Party spokesman discussed about the new measures -- preventative detention and control orders -- introduced in the Anti-Terror Bill. [view document]