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Labor welcomes Sheller report on terrorism laws.

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Hon. Arch Bevis MP Federal Member for Brisbane Shadow Minister for Homeland Security, Aviation and Transport Security

15 June 2006


Labor’s Shadow Minister for Homeland Security Arch Bevis has welcomed the Sheller Review of Australia’s Anti-Terrorism laws.

“The Sheller Committee has reinforced Labor’s view and that of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security about the need for timely reviews and appropriate sunset clauses. The Sheller Committee has proposed a review within the next 3 years by a similar independent body.

“The Committee’s findings again demonstrate the absurdity of the Howard Government’s 10 year sunset clause.

“Importantly the Sheller Report raises serious concerns about the process by which organisations are proscribed as ‘Terrorist Organisations’. Labor has raised concerns about this matter when this legislation was produced in 2002/3.

“Labor welcomes the Committee’s recommendation and call to focus on the need for improved community education. Ignorance and misunderstandings can too often create fears and frictions.

“The Sheller Report confirms Labor’s position in relation to strong security whilst respecting the rights and freedoms of all Australians. Sheller has made a number of other recommendations that deserve the close scrutiny of the Parliament.

“The Attorney-General and Howard Government should set aside their past prejudices and take on board the concerns expressed by the Sheller Review,” said Labor’s spokesperson on Homeland Security Arch Bevis.

15 June 2006

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