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Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Bill 2003.



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Sen Bob Brown

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, 4 March 2004

The Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Bill 2003 passed the Senate today, backed by Labor, hands the Attorney-General an unnecessary and dangerous new power to ban organisations in Australia.

For the first time in Australian history people and organisations can be criminalised by the Attorney-General labelling them terrorists", Greens Senator Bob Brown said.

"The bill does little or nothing to hinder terrorism: there are already strong laws to apprehend would-be terrorists and close down terror groups," Senator Brown said.

"This bill gives Mr Ruddock, without reference to parliament or the courts, the power to name organisations as 'terrorist' and have members therefore categorised as criminal on the advice of ASIO alone.

"It is a dangerous law and the ALP has made a serious error is supporting it at a time when the Attorney-General is flagging even more draconian bills in an election year being geared to manufacture fear."

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