In its submission to the legislative committee examining the ACT’s proposed anti-terror laws, the Australian Lawyers Alliance said the laws could increase the chance of a terror attack.
The ABC reports ALA spokesman Mark Bloomer said the legislation “is likely to further marginalise cultural minority groups and potentially increase the chance of terrorism and anti-social behaviour”.
He also said the laws were “retrograde” because they could allow police to detain and question not just terror suspects but also their friends, family and associates.
However the ACT’s Human Rights Commissioner, Helen Watchers, said the ACT laws contain more safeguards than the federal legislation and that the government had tried hard to ensure human rights were safe.
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UPDATE Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has also told the committee that the ACT’s version of the legislation will make us more likely to be a terror target. He mentioned in particular that under the proposed ACT laws it would be much harder to put someone in preventative detention if they are suspected of planning a terror act than under the legislation the rest of the country will pass.