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Op-Ed: Proposed new anti-terror laws 2009 Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 August 2009

The new anti-terrorism laws recently announced by the Attorney-General Robert McClelland raise alarm bells. At face value a number ofproposed amendments look as though they roll back some of the excess of thecurrent laws – limits to the sedition offences, a right of appeal against the use of secret evidence, and minor clarifications of the meaning and scope of some terms and offences.

 

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Op-Ed: Maps, Snaps, Taps and SIM cards: Tools of an accidental terrorist by Agnes Chong Print E-mail
Published
Sunday, 16 December 2007

 

When the Chaser team arranged for an American tourist to take snaps of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, no security guard came to question what he was doing even after fifteen minutes. When Chas Licciardello himself dressed up in a bad Arab costume, stuck on a big bushy beard, and walked onto the bridge with a camera, he was stopped within three minutes. He hadn't even got to the same spot where the American tourist had loitered. When the same experiment was repeated at Lucas Heights, the American tourist took plenty of pictures and was pointed out where to get security clearance to visit the facility. When the Arab Chas approached the facility, a security vehicle screeched right up to him within three minutes, and he was told that no photographs were to be taken in the vicinity at all.

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Banning books won't protect us by Amir Butler Print E-mail
Published
Friday, 11 August 2006

 

WE have seen two so-called extremist books censored by government authorities and calls for similar material to be banned from shops, libraries and universities.

 

By banning such books, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says the "vulnerable and impressionable" will be protected from ideas that might lead them towards terrorism or religious extremism.

 

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Op-Ed: Plan to License Clerics is Absurd by Amir Butler Print E-mail
Published
Monday, 09 January 2006
  

THE Prime Minister's Muslim Advisory Council has proposed a radical solution to the perceived problem of domestic extremism: the establishment of a licensing and monitoring regime for Muslim clerics, school teachers and academics.

 

Under the proposal, a registration body would be established and Islamic workers would be required to submit themselves to ideological and educational audit. The body would also monitor sermons and the activities of Muslim leaders to ensure continuing compliance to some vague notion of moderation.

 

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Op-Ed: The type of cover-up freedom lovers need not fear by Amal Awad Print E-mail
Published
Wednesday, 31 August 2005

  

Muslim dress should be celebrated as a sign of an accepting society, not seen as a threat, writes Amal Awad.

 

Whenever the spotlight turns on the Muslim community, it is usually in relation to a negative act: terrorism, local crime or accusations of Islamic demagogy. Muslims seem to find themselves at the centre of every problem - the obscure or negative is magnified and, like in some grotesque circus show, Muslims become the "other".


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