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.
The Committee called for public submissions by 6 January 2006.
AMCRAN made a submission to the Review outlining our concerns about the existing anti-terrorism legislation and in particular their effect on the community.
We appeared before the Committee on Wednesday 1 February 2006 and presented oral evidence. We were also invited to make a supplementary submission.
The Committee also held public hearings in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth. The Report of the Committee was tabled in the House of Representatives on 15 June 2006.
A subsequent review by the Parliament Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has since been conducted. For more information about the follow-up review by the PJCIS, visit here.
AMCRAN's submission to the review is available here, and the transcript of public hearings is available here.
The final report of the PJCIS was tabled on 4 December 2006.