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Counter-Terrorism and the Law



6 May 2011

Even before the death of Osama Bin Laden, there had been a case for winding back some counter-terrorism laws, says Associate Professor Ben Saul.
According to a report in today's The Australian, the legal profession is divided over whether Bin Laden's death means it is safe to ease national security legislation.

While the Attorney-General Robert McClelland has rejected a push to wind back counter-terrorism laws, Associate Professor Saul believes there is now a compelling case for removing control orders, preventive detention and ASIO's power to detain terror suspects for questioning.

"I don't think you need to wait for the fallout from Bin Laden's death to figure out that they are bad laws," he asserts.

He adds that some provisions of the counter-terrorism laws were at odds with international human rights treaties and were more onerous than equivalent laws in Britain, which faced a more serious terror threat.

View the entire article - Counter-terrorism laws won't be diluted - The Australian


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