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Wednesday, 23 October 2002
Page: 5786

Senator HARRADINE (7:05 PM) —I want to indicate that I, too, support the Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Bill and am appreciative of the briefings the Minister for Justice and Customs has given us. As you know, Mr Acting Deputy President, I have always maintained that responses to terrorist attacks and terrorist organisations should not besmirch the individual rights of innocent citizens, albeit that those rights have been besmirched, taken away and drastically curtailed by the actions of the terrorists. But here we have, I believe, a piece of legislation that enables regulations to name terrorist organisations on the basis that the Attorney-General is satisfied that the Security Council of the United Nations has made a decision about terrorism that identifies the organisation and that the organisation is directly or indirectly engaged in terrorism.

I think we must bear that in mind, together with ensuring that the parliament has the power to disallow the instrument within 15 sitting days but that it comes into operation immediately. I feel that this legislation is consistent with the rights of citizens and is in no way besmirching the principles of human rights, and therefore I support it—as also in the war against terrorism.