It would appear that not all parties involved are not happy about the new proposed federal terrorism laws.
Although I think we should be alert about these matters one has to begin to think that some of the measures may becoming just a little draconian.
[ED – The Chief Minister has put out a well reasoned media release on this.]
However, having said that, I am drawn to the comrade’s comments as to why it is a bad thing (he seems to have already made up his mind). For one he complains that the AFP will be severely understaffed in the ACT, which it already is, yet doesn’t suggest that any more officers would be put on, which would cost the ACT money. Indeed he quotes that it will have, “significant implications for our capacity to provide a necessary number of police in the ACT”.
There is of course a simple solution to this, and that is that the Federal government makes up the shortfall in funding for those officers that may be deployed elsewhere.
Secondly, he bangs on about his usual mantra of human rights, stating that ” It’s the most startling abrogation of human rights imaginable”.
On the second point he may have a point except I can imagine much worse deprivations of human rights, being blasted to kingdom come is just one that springs to mind. As well, given the Comrade’s penchant for championing human rights everywhere and at all times except when it does not suit him, I feel this is simply an easy out.
With an issue such as this i believe he should just shut up until he has heard all the facts rather than leaping into print before being fully informed, or before the public has any real information about it.
Interestingly he manages to bring the judiciary into the arguement, which, given his recent words about the state of the ACT legal system, would appear slightly hypocritical.
Anyway, CT article here;