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Terror powers eternal. Simon Corbell throwing the elephant dust around.

By johnboy - 30 June 2011 9

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A traveller gets on a train, and notices that the only other occupant of the compartment is behaving strangely. From time to time, he takes out a little silver box and sprinkles something around the carriage.

“What are you doing?” asks the curious traveller.

“I’m sprinkling this special dust. It’s to keep the elephants away” his travelling companion tells him.

“But the nearest elephant is miles away”

“You see! Elephant dust works really well, doesn’t it?”

[Old joke, this version lifted]

With no apparent sense of irony (or even a sign of having read the title of his legislation) Simon Corbell has announced he’s introducing the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary
Powers) Amendment Bill 2011
into the Legislative Assembly.

“This Bill will extend the operation of the Terrorism Act to 2016 and requires the Government to conduct a second review of the Act”, Mr Corbell said.

“The Bill also makes a small number of amendments to ensure that the rights and responsibilities that the Terrorism Act imposes are clear.

“The Government considers the continuation of our counter-terrorism law is necessary in the current security environment.

If the current security environment warrants running these “extraordinary temporary powers” out to 2016 one really has to wonder what security environment would justify bringing them to an end.

[Photo by _Mrs_B (CC BY 2.0)]

Thanks to Spectra and P1 for reminding us of this:

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9 Responses to
Terror powers eternal. Simon Corbell throwing the elephant dust around.
The Frots 1:01 pm 30 Jun 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Thumper said :

How long do we expect this “extraordinarily temporary situation” to last?

Most probably until the next temporary situation.

Were there a few north African leaders ousted recently for invoking 30 years of “emergency powers”.

Replaced by the Elephants themselves I hope!

Gungahlin Al 12:52 pm 30 Jun 11

Thumper said :

How long do we expect this “extraordinarily temporary situation” to last?

Most probably until the next temporary situation.

Were there a few north African leaders ousted recently for invoking 30 years of “emergency powers”.

The Frots 11:49 am 30 Jun 11

Thumper said :

How long do we expect this “extraordinarily temporary situation” to last?

Most probably until the next temporary situation.

A bit like ‘temporary taxes’ perhaps?

Thumper 11:13 am 30 Jun 11

How long do we expect this “extraordinarily temporary situation” to last?

Most probably until the next temporary situation.

Skidbladnir 11:04 am 30 Jun 11

There’s a funny thing about that word, temporary.
In comon usage, it means Transitory or Transient.

In governmental usage, “temporary powers” means these exceptional powers will last for as long as we can find a use for them, unless we find ourselves lined up against a wall first.

For example, Ireland was in a World War 2-related “temporary state of emergency” from the day Germany invaded Poland (1 September 1939) until 1 September 1976.
By that point a seperate State of Emergency had already been declared in June 1976 (IRA Troubles related), so the WW2 one was allowed to lapse, and so the IRA one continue for another twenty years until 1994.

How long do we expect this “extraordinarily temporary situation” to last?

The Frots 10:40 am 30 Jun 11

Wow, we must be in more trouble than we thought.

Or not.

Mysteryman 10:20 am 30 Jun 11

I didn’t think it was physically possible, but this government both sucks AND blows.

p1 9:50 am 30 Jun 11
Spectra 9:46 am 30 Jun 11

“Lisa, I want to buy your rock.”

You’ve hit the nail on the head, really. Without explaining what makes the current environment “extraordinary” and “temporary”, this deserves to come in for an awful lot more scrutiny than is actually going to occur. (“There are bad people in the world who do bad things” is neither an extraordinary nor temporary situation).

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