Friday, October 28, 2005

The new legislation: Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005

If passed, the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005 would amend a wide range of existing statutes, including:
  • ASIO Act 1979
  • Criminal Code Act 1995
  • Crimes Act 1914
  • Customs Act 1902
  • Migration Act 1958
  • Financial Transactions Reports Act 1988
  • Surveillance Devices Act 2004
It deals with nine broad areas:

  • Definition of 'terrorist organisations'
  • Financing of 'terrorism'
  • Control orders and preventative detention
  • Powers to stop, question and search people in relation to 'terrorist acts'
  • Powers to obtain information and documents
  • Sedition
  • Optical surveillance on board vessels and aircraft
  • Reporting of financial transactions
  • ASIO powers

In each area, the Anti-Terrorism Bill extends the powers already accorded to the executive and security agencies under the several previous statutes relating to anti-terrorism.

The leaked draft Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 - see below for our early summary (here is another, less detailed, but in plainer language).

Australian Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 at Wikipedia

Discussion of the bill by ANU sociologists, provided to John Stanhope (Chief Minister and Attorney General, ACT legislative assembly)


Parliamentary library (online): section on anti-terrorism legislation.

Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) (with amendments up to 2005): Contains definitions (of "terrorist act", "terrorist organization", etc.), organization proscription regime and various offences.

National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004


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