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Latham Labor joins Howard to trample democracy.

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Sen Bob Brown

Press Release

Tuesday, 2 December 2003

Latham Labor Joins Howard to Trample Democracy

Labor has joined the Government to ram through its new ASIO legislation. The bill threatens people who make public ASIO's detention of citizens, even if is illegal, with 5 years in jail Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

The Greens' proposal to send the legislation to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee was voted down by Labor and the Coalition this afternoon.

"Latham Labor has capitulated to John Howard at the first hurdle," Senator Brown said.

"Any legislation subject to controversy should at least go before a Senate committee. To deny such a serious bill any scrutiny is to trample our democracy.

"This legislation has been criticised by the Australian Council for Civil Liberties, Amnesty International and Liberty Victoria. Academics have said it breaches international law and erodes domestic law and rights.

"For the ALP to a have voted down a simple move by the Greens to seek expert advice on this bill is unconscionable," Senator Brown said.

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