Aussie PM proposes new Anti-Terrorism Laws

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a to strengthen the anti-terror laws after the attacks in US and France. According to him, the proposed changes would allow continuing imprisonment for the convicted terrorists at a high risk of re-offending. He announced the plans to introduce Counter Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2016, allowing indefinite detention of the convicted terrorists.

As per the PM, this would be “supervised by the courts similarly to the arrangements that apply in a number of our jurisdictions for sex-offenders and extremely violent individuals.” The process would also be subjected to medical and psychological checks. Additionally, the age at which, the anti-terror legislation applies to the individuals would also be lowered from 16 years to 14 years. The government will work with the state and territory administrations to roll out the reforms.

In the words of Mr. Turnbull, “ We can never ever be complacent and we are not.  We are focused constantly on the single most important obligation of our government…which is to preserve and protect the safety of the people.” He also added that the measures were necessary after an increase in the number and the severity of the terrorist attacks across the world.

He referenced the recent attacks in Nice, France and Orlando, Florida, stating that the Islamic State “continues to inspire and direct atrocities across the world.” Other countries have also proposed stricter anti-terrorism legislation in the wake of the recent terror attacks. Last month, Russia’s Lower House of Parliament approved a number of counter-terrorism amendments, banning proselytizing, preaching and praying outside officially recognised religious institutions. In May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he does not plan to change the country’s anti-terrorism law, a requirement of a deal struck between Turkey and EU in March this year.

The proposed changes would make advocating genocide, an offence. The Attorney-General George Brandis will meet with the state and territory attorney-generals in the coming days, to discuss the new laws. Moreover, Senator Brandis said that the UK Prime Minister Theresa May had perviously shown an interest in Australia’s approach to domestic security.

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