The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
The Forum - On Line Opinion's article discussion area



Syndicate
RSS/XML


RSS 2.0

Main Articles General

Sign In      Register

The Forum > Article Comments > Jumping at shadows > Comments

Jumping at shadows : Comments

By John Tomlinson, published 17/7/2007

Detaining Dr Mohammed Haneef: rounding up so many people for questioning is hardly an example of intelligently using the draconian provisions of Australiaís terrorism legislation.

  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. ...
  7. 12
  8. 13
  9. 14
  10. All
After feeling increasingly uneasy about the length of time Dr Haneef was detained without charge, I was relieved to hear that the magistrate had granted bail, with excellent and clear reasons for doing so.

When I then heard that his visa was to be withdrawn and he was to be placed in detention at Villawood, my first reaction was, very simply, anger. Then disbelief, mixed with shame and a growing feeling of impotence in the face of a set of government actions that continue to impinge on the rights of Australian citizens and guests.

I have found at least two orphan sim cards - I don't interrogate my friends about their associates - I want a government that reflects at least some sense of independent thought, not one which responds deviously to directions from Britain, still.
Posted by Ghillie, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 9:33:31 AM
Find out more about this user Recommend this comment for deletion Return to top of page Return to Forum Main Page Copy comment URL to clipboard
Don't be so sure about the Federal Court putting Andrews in his place. Legally, the character assessment process/visa process is a seperate issue to the bail issue. So he's on pretty solid legal ground.

Morally he's a complete waste of space however.
Posted by James Purser, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 9:38:50 AM
Find out more about this user Visit this user's webpage Recommend this comment for deletion Return to top of page Return to Forum Main Page Copy comment URL to clipboard
Maybe people would be happy for us to become like London or France where it is to little to late to deal with terroism. The same people will then blame the Government for doing nothing.
Posted by runner, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 10:14:52 AM
Find out more about this user Recommend this comment for deletion Return to top of page Return to Forum Main Page Copy comment URL to clipboard
Tony Burke's unseemly rush to associate the Opposition with Minister Andrew's disgraceful action was deeply disappointing. We must hope, too, that the excellent Indian doctors working in our system do not decide that Australia is not worthy of their services, and leave.
Posted by Johntas, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 10:50:58 AM
Find out more about this user Recommend this comment for deletion Return to top of page Return to Forum Main Page Copy comment URL to clipboard
I am absolutely flabbergasted at the lack of compassion and humanity that Australia's government is displaying regarding this issue. So now, let me get this: if i had a distant cousin overseas who i contacted on the odd occassion, and he/she was found to be engaged in terrorist activities (unbeknownst to me) does that mean that i am guilty of having blood ties with this person? Even if no evidence was found in a court of law that I had any connection with their actvities? I don't get this. Hey, I am very disappointed that the opposition party is backing the decision to keep this man in detention, why dosen't the Labor party amalgamate with the current mob, and stop pretending that they are any different? As far as I am concerned they are one and the same. I love this country, and I am glad that my family migrated here, but this kind of thing is going to choke us all. Um, have I committed a 'thought crime?? Tonee
Posted by Joaquin, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 10:59:56 AM
Find out more about this user Recommend this comment for deletion Return to top of page Return to Forum Main Page Copy comment URL to clipboard
runner, umm the UK and France are a completely different kettle of fish. The UK has had to deal with attacks from the IRA for a long time and France, its Algerian problems.

This isn't dealing with terrorist problems. Going on the public information put forward by the AFP and government, and the fact that the charge against Haneef is basically giving his second cousin a sim card, the move by Andrews to rescind his visa after the Dr got bail can only appear to be a "bugger you" move.

If the government has any evidence that Haneef is anything more than an innocent, then I would love to see it.
Posted by James Purser, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 11:06:28 AM
Find out more about this user Visit this user's webpage Recommend this comment for deletion Return to top of page Return to Forum Main Page Copy comment URL to clipboard
  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. ...
  7. 12
  8. 13
  9. 14
  10. All

About Us :: Search :: Discuss :: Feedback :: Legals :: Privacy