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Bombings prompt review of Australia's terrorism laws

Reporter: Dana Robertson

MAXINE McKEW: The Federal Government has signalled there's likely to be another round of
anti-terrorism legislation after the London bombings of the past fortnight. In his talks with the
British Prime Minister, John Howard sought more detailed information on Britain's proposed laws,
and later indicated some of Australia's legislation might be inadequate.

The British proposals include deporting Muslim militants who incite terrorism and holding suspects
without charge for up to three months. But it was the NSW Labor Premier, Bob Carr, who today gave
voice to one of the most radical proposals.

Dana Robertson reports from Canberra.

DANA ROBERTSON: Almost four years after the September 11 attacks, Australia's police and security
agencies have more power than ever before to tackle terrorists. But their capabilities don't go far
enough, according to the nation's most senior Premier. Bob Carr agrees with British moves to deport
non-citizens who incite violence, but has also gone a step further, suggesting that citizenship be
stripped from immigrants who are deemed to have terrorist links.

BOB CARR, NSW PREMIER: If you lie about your involvement in terrorist activities or terrorist
training when you apply to be a citizen, then I think we're entitled to say you've broken the
contract, you lose the citizenship.

DANA ROBERTSON: Mr Carr says he doubts anyone could argue against his proposal. And the Federal
Justice Minister isn't dismissing it.

SENATOR CHRIS ELLISON, JUSTICE MINISTER: If someone obtains citizenship under duress or fraud,
there is an issue there.

DAVID BURNIE, NSW COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES: I think we should be very, very careful about going
down that path, that's an extremely dangerous path which can only lead to people being left without
any citizenship rights at all.

DANA ROBERTSON: But the Government's ruling nothing out. As John Howard arrived at Downing Street
to meet Tony Blair, neither man knew London had been hit with the second attack on its Underground
in as many weeks. Only 10 minutes into their private talks they heard the news.

Mr Howard says Australia will look closely at Britain's new anti-terrorism legislation to see if
there are lessons to be learned.

JOHN HOWARD, PRIME MINISTER: Now you don't want to rush these things, but you do want to recognise
that there is a case for looking at whether the laws are adequate, and we are going to do that, and
included in that examination will be what Mr Blair and the British Government has in mind.

DANA ROBERTSON: Those proposals include: deporting militant Muslims who incite violence; greater
police search powers, and a crackdown on terrorism-related Internet use.

JOHN HOWARD: We have 19th Century legal responses to potentially 21st Century technological
terrorist capacity.

DANA ROBERTSON: Britain's also looking at holding terrorism suspects for up to three months without
charge.

SENATOR CHRIS ELLISON: Certainly, the time for detention, for interrogation, is something that we
could look at. Everything is on the table.

DANA ROBERTSON: Kim Beazley has an open mind about possible changes, but says practical security
should take a higher priority.

KIM BEAZLEY, OPPOSITION LEADER: We are dropping the ball on the basics. We talk an awful lot about
the legislation we need in the place, all the legislation in the world would not have stopped
London bombers but even better security at the railway stations of Britain might have.

DANA ROBERTSON: And he points out some of the things being considered in the UK have already been
done here.

KIM BEAZLEY: Incitement to terrorism is already an offence under Australian law.

DAVID BURNIE: Unfortunately you don't get rid of terrorism by just passing laws. We have some of
the strongest anti-terrorism legislation in the world.

DANA ROBERTSON: In London this evening, Mr Howard met the British Defence Minister, John Reid. Mr
Howard expressed admiration for the British forces in southern Iraq and said a premature withdrawal
would hand victory to those who don't deserve it.