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Anti-terrorism laws - links update #11

Intelligence anger over terror threat disclosure
Nine news, 4/11/05
Intelligence sources say the Prime Minister has jeopardised a year-long terror investigation after revealing details of a potential attack against targets in Sydney and Melbourne.
John Howard revealed details of a "potential" threat as he pressed to have anti-terror legislation pushed through parliament, with the new laws now expected to be passed - http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=70345

Guess who can't keep a secret? PM in hot water
SMH, November 4, 2005, By Marian Wilkinson and Tom Allard
The Prime Minister, John Howard, has been accused of jeopardising a year-long operation by state and federal police targeting terrorist suspects in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Government used an extraordinary Senate sitting yesterday to pass an amendment to anti-terrorism law to tackle what Mr Howard described as a "potential threat" to the nation - http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/guess-who-cant-keep-a-secret-pm-in-hot-water/2005/11/03/1130823348697.html

Clark not informed of Australia 'terror threat'
The New Zealand Herald, 03.11.05 10.00am
The Government was not given advance notice of the announcement about a possible terrorist threat to Australia, a spokesman for Prime Minister Helen Clark said last night.
"We heard through news reports that John Howard had made the statement," the spokesman said.
"At that point New Zealand officials contacted their Australian counterparts."
... Helen Clark said through the spokesman she could not disclose details of the information provided to the Government since the announcement was made.
"Australian officials have confirmed that there is no imminent threat of terrorist attacks in Australia," she said.
"We have also been advised that the Australian general threat level has not been raised. It remains at medium. A terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur." - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10353359

True test is just around the corner
The Age, November 3, 2005, By MICHELLE GRATTAN
ONE test of the need to rush a minor change to the nation's anti-terrorism laws through Parliament today will come almost immediately.
This week the Government has received specific information of a terrorist threat to Australia. The PM says passage of the amendment will strengthen agencies' capacity to respond.
If authorities require this instant legal finetuning, they'll presumably act at once. Logically, we should see arrests over the next few days. - http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/true-test-is-just-around-the-corner/2005/11/02/1130823280998.html

Do not expect arrests yet, says PM
The Age, November 4, 2005, By Brendan Nicholson and Ian Munro
AUSTRALIANS should not expect arrests within days just because urgent terror legislation was rushed through Parliament, Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday. - http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/do-not-expect-arrests-yet-pm/2005/11/03/1130823342656.html

PM ridicules conspiracy theory
The Age, November 3, 2005 - 1:19PM, By Elisabeth Lopez
A  former senior analyst for the Office of National Assessments has criticised the Howard Government's decision to go public on an unspecified terrorist threat, but says suggestions of a conspiracy behind the announcement are far-fetched.
Dr David Wright-Neville, who now lectures on terrorism, violence and identity at Monash University, said the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General were in effect tipping off the terrorists.
... John Howard's announcement yesterday about a terrorist threat came within hours of the government introducing its workplace relations legislation, leading to the minor parties and independents suggesting the threat was a stunt to divert attention from the IR changes.
... "I don't believe it's a conspiracy, for really quite a simple reason that I don't think the Prime Minister could sustain a conspiracy that involved all the premiers, leaders of the intelligence and police services and leader of the (federal)  Opposition.
"I'd be very surprised if — as is claimed — the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General were briefed about this on Monday.
"There's been a significant amount of chatter for some time that there's a significant counter-terrorism operation in Melbourne and Sydney. It's been going on for quite a while. ... - http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/pm-ridicules-conspiracy-claim/2005/11/03/1130823316107.html

Terrorist laws toned down as MPs dig in
SMH, 4 Nov 2005, By Louise Dodson, Joseph Kerr and Andrew Clennell
Backbenchers have forced the Federal Government to soften its anti-terrorism bill to include more safeguards in its preventive detention measures. - http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/terrorist-laws-toned-down/2005/11/03/1130823347488.html

Police 'have power to act'
SMH, 4 Nov 2005
Police will be able to act immediately against suspected terrorists planning an attack following the royal assent to new legislation last night, Attorney General Philip Ruddock says.
But Mr Ruddock declined to say if any arrests were planned or to identify any suspected targets. - http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/police-have-power-to-act/2005/11/04/1130823370500.html

Philip Ruddock - facing the terrorist threat
HARDtalk, BBC, 2 November 2005
Australia, like Britain, has announced proposals to tighten up its anti-terrorism legislation.
Philip Ruddock has the job of introducing an Anti Terrorism bill which would see people detained without charge for long periods.
Prominent Australians have condemned the proposals, among them, Australia's former Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser.
Stephen Sackur talks to Philip Ruddock about the fine balance between personal liberty and public security.  - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/hardtalk/4381694.stm Video streaming of interview available.

Anti-terror laws introduced
NEWS.com.au, Australia - 3 November 2005
POLICE will be armed with tough new anti-sedition powers and control orders for terror suspects under the Howard Government's counter-terrorism package released today. - http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17130655-2,00.html

Suspicion hangs over timing of terror threat announcement
ABC Online, Australia - 3 November 2005
The Prime Minister has refused to divulge any details of the terrorist threat - except to say there's specific intelligence giving cause for serious concern. Clive Williams - a former defence intelligence official who now heads terrorism studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in Canberra - says the intelligence is likely to have been locally generated. - http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2005/s1496897.htm

Howard rejects 'decoy' claims over terror warning
Ireland Online, Ireland - 3 November 2005
Prime minister John Howard has dismissed as "ridiculous" claims that his warning of a possible terrorist attack on Australia was timed to deflect attention from two controversial pieces of legislation. - http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=161275110&p=y6yz758y6

Australia fears attacks on two cities--media
ABC News - 3 November 2005
An Australian government warning about a possible "terrorist threat" was prompted by fears that home-grown extremists were moving closer to attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, local media reported on Thursday. - http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1275939

Howard rejects terror threat conspiracy claims
ABC Online, Australia - 3 November 2005
The Federal Government has strongly rejected suggestions the warning of a "specific" terrorist attack and the urgent legislation to deal with that threat is a ... - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1496936.htm

Police to raid terror cells
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia - 3 November 2005
Security agencies are reportedly poised to conduct a series of raids on alleged terrorist cells across Australia once Parliament passes an amendment to the anti ... - http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=124409&region=7

Aussie PM says changing 'the' to 'a' will save country from ...
Winnipeg Sun, Canada - Nov 1, 2005
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian authorities have received specific intelligence that terrorists are planning an attack on the country, Prime Minister ... - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/WarOnTerrorism/2005/11/01/1288444-ap.html

Australian Senate rushes anti-terror changes after attack warning
Forbes - 3 November 2005
The Australian Senate has held a special sitting to rush through amendments to anti-terrorism laws, a day after Prime Minister John Howard said he had received credible reports of a possible attack. - http://www.forbes.com/work/feeds/afx/2005/11/02/afx2315201.html

Blog Views

How the New York Times views Howard's Anti-Terror Bill
I've Been to Bali Too
Prime Minister John Howard went on television Wednesday afternoon to warn of a potential terrorist attack, just as he was preparing to introduce legislation to give the police and intelligence agencies broad powers to detain and monitor terrorism suspects.
"The government has received specific intelligence and police information this week that gives cause for serious concern about a potential terrorist threat," he said. - http://ivebeentobalitoo.blogspot.com/2005/11/how-new-york-times-views-howards-anti.html

Tim Dunlop
"So around Australia, none of counter-terrorism infrastructure has been activated as a result of this announcement." So at no time since they learned of this information did they see fit to tell a key anti-terrorism committee. ... - http://www.roadtosurfdom.com/archives/2005/11/trustworthy.html

Anti-Terrorism Bill Australia
David Jacobson's External Insights
The Anti-Terrorism Bill (No.2) 2005 was introduced into the House of Representativeson 3 November. ... As well as provisions relating to terrorism and sedition
As well as provisions relating to terrorism  and sedition, the Bill contains detailed provisions which businesses should know about. Schedule 6 of the  Bill authorises police access to any documents  (including in electronic form) held by anyone that will assist the investigation of a serious offence if they relate to a person's financial, travel, telephone, gas, water, and electricity records  as well as any other documents if necessary to determine a person's telephone number, where a person lives or who lives at a particular address. - http://www.djacobson.com/external_insights/2005/11/antiterrorism_b.html

Be Sceptical - and Cynical
Mahler's Prodigal Son
John Howard is rushing through an amendment to the anti-terrorism laws. ... Meanwhile, the proposed anti-terrorism laws remain a critical issue to be closely examined. See the excellent analysis by the Law Council of Australia here. ... - http://mahlersprodigalson.blogspot.com/2005/11/be-sceptical-and-cynical.html

Another Savage Attack
Imagining Australia: Ideas For Our Future, by Andrew Leigh
In Crikey today, Hugo Kelly is outraged by the new counter-terrorism laws (PDF):.
While the PM successfully stoked our terror paranoia yesterday, we took a closer look at the Government's proposed terror laws. And there are some quite extraordinary features. Take the final clause in Section 30A: - http://imaginingaustralia.blogs.com/imagining/2005/11/another_savage_.html

Not totally related to matters distant from fascism
Pixelated Semantics
A domestic terror threat conveniently arrives at the same hour Man of Steel needs support to pass his contentious, anti-democratic 'anti-terror' laws - yet it's revealed that a 'key national counter-terrorism body was not informed of the latest terrorism threat'. - http://autobody.blogspot.com/2005/11/not-totally-related-to-matters-distant.html


MPs 'shocked' in terror bill row
BBC News, UK - 3 November 2005
The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, has been criticised after admitting that he did not know what the Lord Advocate thought of his anti-terror proposals. -

PM humiliated as Terrorism Bill scrapes through
Independent, UK - 3 November 2005
By Nigel Morris and Ben Russell. Tony Blair's majority slumped to just one yesterday after a humiliating revolt against the Government's ... - http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article324288.ece

Rebels wring new terror concessions from Clarke
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 3 November 2005
Charles Clarke, the home secretary, last night caved in to huge opposition to his plans to hold people without charge for 90 days by promising all-party talks ... - http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1607474,00.html

Amnesty International on Blair's terror laws: Dangerous
Independent, UK - Nov 1, 2005
Tony Blair's plans for tough new anti-terror legislation have been subjected to a damning critique by Amnesty International, as MPs prepare to debate the measures today. - http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article324062.ece

The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 (Cth) and the The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 No 2 (Cth) are now available for public scrutiny on the Parliament of Australia website: current Bills by title.

Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005

Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 No 2 (Cth) as tabled at the first reading on 3 November 2005.

Referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 3/11/05; to be reported 28/11/05

The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 No 2 (Cth) Explanatory Memorandum.


The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 No 2 (Cth) second reading speeches by
Ruddock, Philip, MP

Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 (Cth)

Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 (Cth) as tabled at the first reading.

The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 (Cth) as tabled at the second reading.

The Bill's Explanatory Memorandum.

The Bill's second reading speeches by
Ruddock, Philip, MP
Bevis, Arch, MP
Turnbull, Malcolm, MP
Roxon, Nicola, MP
Andren, Peter, MP
Ruddock, Philip, MP; George, Jennie, MP
Ellison, Sen Chris
Evans, Sen Chris
Allison, Sen Lyn
Brown, Sen Bob
Bartlett, Sen Andrew; Macdonald, Sen Ian
Milne, Sen Christine
Siewert, Sen Rachel; Colbeck, Sen Richard
Faulkner, Sen John
Murray, Sen Andrew
Nettle, Sen Kerry
Ellison, Sen Chris

Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 (Cth) proposed ammendments -S Australian Greens 1.

BILLS DIGEST: Information analysis and advice for the Parliament by Sue Harris Rimmer, Laws and Bills Digest section, Department of Parliamentary Services.

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