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Canberra cracks down on terrorism : Comments

By Rod Benson, published 18/10/2005

Rod Benson finds Australia's response to terrorism to be over the top.

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Part 1

My letter to Bracks (personal details supplied):

Dear Mr Bracks

It would be an understatement to say that I am disappointed with the outcome of the Premier's summit on security issues. The uncritical manner in which the proposals were adopted leaves me feeling bleak. What have you undone?

Thanks to the efforts of the ACT Chief Minister, we can at least see what lays in store for us in our brave new Australia. Islamicists be blowed, it is people like myself and others who made the effort to put you in office, who can be targeted by this odious legislation.

While still able, I will offer this opinion of the Federal Government's motives (cui bono) for the proposed bill:

The occupation of Iraq is faltering - we are losing. The Bush Administration is reeling from the blows of the Fitzgerald enquiry (although they may yet have a couple of "terrorist" diversions up their sleeve). In the circumstances, it is only a matter of time before our Prime Minister and his Attorney General will be called to account for what they have wrought.

Needed - a firewall which embodies the power to dictate what is, and is not, permissible public discourse.

Premier, this "wooden horse", offered as terror legislation, can curtail your right to free speech as much as my own. Please think about that.
Posted by Chris Shaw, Carisbrook 3464, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 9:24:37 AM
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Part 2 (letter to Bracks)

In conclusion, please consider these suggestions for amendments to the
Criminal Code, which ought to be applied retrospectively:

1. No Australian Prime Minister, nor his inner cabal, may enjoin,
assist or otherwise encourage the invasion of another sovereign
nation where:

a) the justifications given are a pack of lies.

b) no regard is given to the will of the public.

c) the invaded country is already crippled by sanctions.

d) 50% of the invaded are under-age.

e) mass killing of the indigenes is the likely outcome.

2. No Australian Prime Minister, nor his inner cabal, may take their
country to war in order to facilitate:

a) propping up a faltering global economy.

b) garnering access to diminishing oil energy.

c) perceived favourable terms for a USFTA, railway tracks, local weapons manufacture or any other commercial gain.

3. No Australian Prime Minister, nor his inner cabal, may take their
country to war with an ally who manufactures and uses weapons of mass destruction.

4. No Australian Prime Minister shall compromise the value of one innocent life in pursuit of personal power, longevity, awards, friendships, fame, peer approval, nor even a tin badge.

5. Any Australian Prime Minister and members of his inner cabal who
act in a manner contrary to the above laws shall be deemed to be War
Criminals. They shall be removed from office and by the terms of
their own rules, detained without recourse to legal council. Proper
officers from DIMIA shall remove them to a suitable facility in
Australia's exclusion zone.

6. Any Attorney General who seeks to exclude his own, or his Prime
Minister's actions from proper public scrutiny, by the introduction
of mischievous, unnecessary or hasty laws, shall be deemed to be
unfit to hold office and be removed forthwith, in utter disgrace.
Posted by Chris Shaw, Carisbrook 3464, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 9:30:56 AM
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Spot on Chris Shaw, You have nailed it.
Posted by maracas, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 1:19:36 PM
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A very well thought out article Rod. I agree completely. My view is that our political leaders know and agree with you privately, but would never publicly admit it.
Unfortunately, we live in a political culture of self-preservation. Getting elected and then re-elected is the chief motivation behind politics. Itís a career. The best scenario for them is to have a population that is fearful of a terrorist strike, and then give the impression of doing something about it. I donít believe they actually want a terrorist atrocity to occur - but it suits them that the threat exists. This is the reason why so much energy is directed towards preventing the actual attack, and not enough time exploring the root causes of terrorism. As long as the threat exists, the easier it is to enact these kinds of laws. Maintaining power is the name of the game. These laws will make it easier to curtail all forms of threat to their power, not just the terrorist threat
Posted by Shan, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 2:41:25 PM
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I agree with Rod that we should all be concerned about the terrorism legislation. What is really scary is that once the new laws are in place we will be stuck with them. Yes, there is a sunset clause of 10 years but what does that mean? If we are not subject to any serious terrorist attacks in that 10 years that will "prove" the laws were a success and should continue. If we do have a serious attack that will "prove" we need even tougher laws. Heads I win, tails you lose - either way, in 10 years time the government of the day (whatever flavour) will argue for an extension. The only hope will be if minor (leftish) parties have control of the Senate.
Posted by rossco, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 3:13:18 PM
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Reading these posts is like admiring an over hanging snow drift and waiting for the avalanche; I know I bang on a bit about this but 4 posts all at odds with the current paranoia surrounding terrorism.

I suspect the usual suspects will be consulting CNN, or Fox News for their ammunition to howl down the civil libertarians - but I must be carefull not to write anything that will ferment "ill will" least I court another knock on the door from the Australian Federal Police for a 14 dayts leave of absence.

Sadly we are a risk averse society. We pay the price through over government, defensive and subsequently expensive medicine the list goes on..... Until such time as we inculcate these risks into our daily lives - like driving, the odds of being assualted, falling off a cliff, being robbed, murdered - all much more likely than being the victim of a bomb thrower - we will be victim to the over reaction those of a really nervous dispostion.

Previous posters have correctly allluded to the imperitive of power; these guys who have it want more of it. The chances of these laws being repealled - ever - is highly unlikely.

A visionary opposition could exploit these acts of stupidity; the states could stand firm on civil liberties. A savvy electorate could demond both the aforesaid ( I have never used that word before ). Can't see it happening though - this is how paranoid we are - see Pt 2
Posted by sneekeepete, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 3:20:31 PM
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