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3 November 2005

2569  MR MURPHY: To ask the Prime Minister—

(1) Has he read the report of the inquiry commissioned by the United Kingdom House of Commons, titled ‘Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism’ published in October 1996 which observed that there is no legislative fix or panacea against terrorism and that anti-terrorist legislation should approximate as closely as possible to the ordinary criminal law and procedure.

(2) Can he confirm that the Law Council of Australia declared that the report provided a sound basis for assessing proposals for new security legislation in Australia; if not, why not.

(3) Is the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 consistent with principles reported in the ‘Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism’; if not, why not.

(4) Can he explain how current anti-terrorist laws fail to protect Australians from a terrorist attack.

(5) How will the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 protect Australians from a terrorist attack.

(6) Did he say on 2 October 2001 that the Government would fairly and reasonably and practically minimise the risk of terrorism consistent with not trampling on what are valuable rights of the Australian people.

(7) Will he ensure that the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 (a) protects the freedom of movement of Australian citizens, (b) protects the media’s freedom of speech, (c) upholds the rule of law, procedural fairness and natural justice, (d) includes a judicial review of any powers relating to preventive detention, (e) includes sunset clauses, and (f) complies with Australia’s obligations under international law; if not, why not.

(8) Can he ensure that no part of the Australian community will be unscrupulously or unfairly targeted by these laws either now or in the future; if so, how.

(9) What is Australia’s best weapon against terrorism and what is he doing to promote a more inclusive society in Australia.