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Originally posted by Jeremiah25
So my original question remains: what should the government do instead? What steps will sufficiently safeguard against terrorism to the extent possible (knowing full well that no plan can offer guaranteed protection) whilst not infringing on civil liberties?
I am not saying that I agree with the introduction of these laws, but what I am asking is: at what point do the laws go too far? At what point have we exchanged liberty for security?
I find myself agreeing with wecomeinpeace when he states that Australia has never been a victim of terrorist attack. Even in the current climate of fear and suspicion, what are the chances that we would be selected for such an attack? Surely there are softer and more prominent targets out there? Conversely, can the government really afford to do nothing? It would only take one attack, after all.
mulberryblueshimmer - looking forward to your podcast. Your previous ones have been excellent and it is always nice to hear an Australian voice amongst all these Yanks.
Originally posted by subz
If we were to change anything I would hire more federal police and intelligence officers. Increase their department's budgets and thats about all we need to do really.
Originally posted by Jeremiah25
So they have to do something. Yes, a lot of it is probably just paranoia, but I for one believe that the government does have a legitimate obligation to protect Australian citizens from the possibility of terrorist attacks. So my original question remains: what should the government do instead? What steps will sufficiently safeguard against terrorism to the extent possible (knowing full well that no plan can offer guaranteed protection) whilst not infringing on civil liberties? Anybody care to offer a serious answer?
Prime Minister John Howard and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty appeared open yesterday to the idea of so-called sunset clauses on some counter-terrorism measures being contemplated. "If people make suggestions (for a sunset clause) obviously we will consider them," Mr Howard told reporters at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta.
With any new legislation, particularly legislation of this type, it's appropriate that it has review mechanisms after some periods of time of operation
The nation's anti-terrorist air marshal program will be boosted with more recruits and overseas routes.
Up to 40 more air marshals, officially called air security officers (ASOs), will be trained next year, bringing the number to 170.
The government is negotiating to extend the air security program to more South-East Asian destinations.
A News Limited investigation into the aviation squad run by the Australian Federal Police has revealed:
* Up to 10 armed ASOs have flown together on flights;
* Marshals have been involved in one incident, when a 68-year-old man produced a Stanley knife aboard a Virgin Blue flight between Sydney and Cairns on June 10, 2003. The officers helped the crew subdue the man without revealing their security role to passengers;