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It's terrible and I am amazed that Australian citizens are sitting by and accepting these things.
*shrug lets crawl so far up Mr Bushes bum that we poke our ugly eyebrowed head out of his mouth....
A court could issue control orders, similar to AVOs, restricting travel and association for people considered a terror risk.
The 12-month control orders could include use of tracking devices.
"We are, unfortunately, living in an era and time when unusual but necessary measures are needed to cope with an unusual and threatening situation."
Existing sedition provisions would be replaced by an offence of inciting violence – "those who communicate inciting messages directed against other groups within our community, including Australian forces overseas".
Muslim and legal groups say the Federal Government's new counter-terrorism laws will unfairly target the Muslim community and could lead to Australia becoming a "police state".
The new security measures allow for terror suspects to be held for up to 14 days without charge and the monitoring of suspects for 12 months through a tracking device.
The new laws will also make inciting terrorist attacks an offence.
The premiers of Queensland and New South Wales say they will examine the new anti-terror laws.
Anjad Mehboob, chief executive of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, believes it is a step backwards for Australia and the Muslim community.
"We feel that this is going to drive people who might be contemplating acts of violence and terrorism underground," he said.
Vicki Sentas from the Federation of Community Legal Centres in Victoria says the laws will erode basic civil liberties.
Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says he does not believe the Federal Government's new counter-terrorism measures are extreme and could lead to Australia becoming a "police state".
Concerns have been raised that the Federal Government's planned new counter-terrorism measures will unfairly punish innocent people.
The changes include detaining suspects for up to 14 days without charge and then monitoring them for 12 months with a tracking device.
Mr Ruddock says authorities such as ASIO and the Australian Federal Police need better ways to monitor people who have trained with a terrorist organisation.
...what should they be doing instead to ensure that Australians are as safe from terrorist attack as possible?
Originally posted by Manincloak
Bloody Howard, I wish he'd get his head of George Bush's big fat ugly ar*e!!!
He might as well have taken the draft of the Patriot Act, renamed "USA" to "Australia" and enacted it