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Advocacy

 

AMCRAN engages in advocacy work by making representations to ministers, senior public servants and community leaders through meetings and discussions but also through formal means such as submissions to parliamentary inquiries. AMCRAN has also appeared before inquiries regularly.  In this section you will find our submissions, letters, reports, as well as transcripts of parliamentary inquiry appearances.



Submission to AHRC Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century Project Print E-mail
Muslims in Australia
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

 

In February 2009, AMCRAN made its submission to the AHRC Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century Project. The inquiry sought submissions from faith communities and other civil society organisations to record their concerns and proposed solutions to build a more socially cohesive and harmonious society that protects and promotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Policital Rights.

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Survey Report - Australian Muslims on ASIO, the Police, and counter-terrorism laws Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Thursday, 07 May 2009

 

Executive Summary 

In the years following September 11 2001, the ‘war on terror’ has led to increased powers for law enforcement and security bodies, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). The powers given to these organisations have resulted in the Muslim community being disproportionately affected by the laws – though not exclusively so. To identify and analyse what the Muslim community have felt and observed as a result of the extended anti-terror laws, AMCRAN conducted a survey on the Muslim community’s perceptions of and contact with ASIO, the AFP and State anti-terror authorities. The survey covered two main issues - actual encounters with authorities and perceptions of the anti-terror laws and policing. The survey consisted of a sample of 146 respondents from Sydney’s Southwest suburbs, including Lakemba, Bankstown and Punchbowl.

 

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Summary of IGIS report inquiry into the conduct of ASIO in the case of Izhar Ul-Haque Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

 

In November 2007, Justice Adams of the NSW Supreme Court criticised the conduct of certain ASIO officers in the case of Izhar Ul-Haque. The events in question related to a search executed at the Ul Haque residence, and the interrogation of Izhar Ul Haque under the colour of a search and entry warrant in November 2003.

 

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Clarke Inquiry into the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Monday, 19 May 2008

 

On 13 March 2008 the Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP announced the appointment of the Hon. John Clarke QC to conduct an inquiry into the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef.

 

The Inquiry is to examine and report on a number of matters, including the arrest, detention, charging, prosecution and release of Dr Haneef,the cancellation of his visa, the administrative and operational procedures and arrangements of the Commonwealth and its agencies relevant to these matters, and any deficiencies in the relevant laws. 

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Senate Inquiry into Classification of materials that 'advocate terrorist acts' Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Friday, 10 August 2007

 

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007 (‘the Bill') was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee on 21 June 2007 for inquiry and report.

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PJCIS Review of Banning Terrorist Organisation provisions Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Thursday, 26 July 2007
 
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) conducted a review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of the proscription (banning) of terrorist organisations in the Criminal Code.
 

It concerned the operation and effectiveness of sections 102.1(2), (2A), (4), (5), (6), (17) and (18) of the Criminal Code Act relating to the proscription and listing of ‘terrorist' organisations.

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SLRC and PJCIS: Review of anti-terror laws 2006 Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Monday, 04 December 2006

 

When the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005 was introduced last year, one of the arguments against its introduction was that there was no evidence that the existing anti-terror laws were inadequate in some way to prevent terrorism, and that the existing laws had not even actually been reviewed for their effectiveness. This review was required by law to occur as soon as possible after July 2005.

 

On 12 October 2005, the Security Legislation Review Committee was finally set up to review the existing anti-terror laws.

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ICJ inquiry on implications of anti-terrorism measures Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Tuesday, 02 May 2006
 
The International Commission of Jurists Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights was established to inquire into and report on the implications of anti-terrorism measures that have been introduced around the world since September 11, 2001. The Panel is visiting a range of countries and in March 2006 the Panel visited Australia and invited submissions.
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UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Inquiry into anti-terror laws Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Tuesday, 25 April 2006
 
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism sought submissions for his report on Australia’s counter-terrorism legislation and measures with a view to identifying the compliance of these with human rights standards.
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ALRC review of sedition laws Print E-mail
Anti-Terrorism Laws
Tuesday, 25 April 2006

 

At the end of 2005, the Government introduced amendments to the anachronistic sedition laws amidst outrage from journalists, civil libertarians, and academics. They promised a formal review of the sedition laws.

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