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The shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has called for anti-terror legislation to be under constant
scrutiny and attacked censorship laws proposed by the Federal Government.


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has given a speech in Melbourne this evening
calling for anti-terrorism legislation to be reviewed, even though he voted for the existing laws
in 2005.

Mr Hockey used the address on civil liberties at Melbourne University's Grattan Institute to stake
his claim as a libertarian and call on people to demand less government intervention and assume
more personal responsibility.

He also attacked internet censorship laws proposed by the Federal Government.

Hamish Fitzsimmons was there for Lateline.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: The Shadow Treasurer spoke about the traditions of liberalism and
believes government at all levels has gone too far into peoples' lives.

JOE HOCKEY, SHADOW TREASURER: I fear that step-by-step, and in a way that barely registers in the
consciousness of most people, we are losing some of the protections against the arbitrary and
interfering actions of the state.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Joe Hockey is positioning himself as a libertarian rather than conservative
Liberal and is even questioning laws he voted for.

JOE HOCKEY: As a Liberal, a legislator and a lawyer, it is the anti-terrorism laws, enacted by a
government of which I was a member, that has given me great cause to reflect on our individual

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Mr Hockey is worried freedoms are being eroded in Australia and says the anti
terror legislation is at the heart of it.

He's proposing that the laws, which include preventative detention and control orders, should be
under constant review

JOE HOCKEY: It is my own view that the loss of individual liberty that these laws represent cannot
stand for all time. What we must do is objectively, dispassionately and regularly review their
efficacy, preferably - and I think this is very possible - in a bipartisan way.

If we find the laws have not been used, or have not been needed, then they should be repealed.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Australians, he says, are becoming too accustomed to regulation over individual

JOE HOCKEY: If a company goes bust, then the government should save it. If we are eating
unhealthily, then it's the government's fault for not regulating fast-food outlets rather than the
problem of those who choose this diet.

If some of our children are becoming delinquent, then it's our schools to blame and not their
parents. If people are drinking too much then it's up to the government to change drinking hours
and close liquor outlets - even as was suggested recently on Australia Day.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Though Mr Hockey wants violent video games to come under a classification
system; he sees moves to determine what we see online as dangerous.

JOE HOCKEY: What we have in the Government's internet filtering proposals is a scheme that is
unworkable in practice. But more perniciously it is a scheme that will create the infrastructure
for government censorship on a broader scale.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Mr Hockey is also critical of increased police stop-and-search powers, saying
states and territories are making endless and ever-expanding demands for increased police powers.

JOE HOCKEY: Surely the Australian interpretation of liberty extends to the right of an individual
to go about their daily business without being subject to a random body search by police.

The police do not have to declare a reason for the random body search. In my view this goes too

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Whether Mr Hockey makes any of this speech part of the Coalition's election
strategy remains to be seen.

Hamish Fitzsimmons, Lateline.