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Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Amendment Bill 2007 seeks to strengthen counterterrorism laws

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Speaking on 5 September 2007 in the Western Australia Legislative Council on the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Amendment Bill 2007, Jon Ford, Minister for Regional Development and Fisheries, said that at a special Council of Australian Governments meeting held on 27 September 2005 to consider national counterterrorism issues, state and territory leaders agreed that a strengthening of Australia’s counterterrorism laws was warranted.

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Espoused list of spymasters enlarged: ALP gives OK as Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and Australian Crime Commission join ASIO, Department of Defence, the DFAT and AFP

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

ALP Senator Joseph Ludwig (Queensland) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 that his party approved of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007, which granted more agencies access to intercepted material.

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Every mobile phone a potential tracking device for police or ASIO; Greens dismay as law says every website address a person visits could be monitored, with no judicial oversight and no accountability

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle (New South Wales) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 opened up the prospect of communications being able to be observed in effectively real-time.

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Greens will not support Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill: “Major attack on privacy,” says Nettle

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Senator Kerry Nettle, Greens Party, speaking in the Senate on 20 September 2007, said the Greens would not support the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007.

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Greens Senator speaks against Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007: “Invasion of privacy”

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Senator Kerry Nettle, Greens Party, speaking in the Federal Senate on 20 September 2007 concerning the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 described the intrusive nature of the proposed legislation.

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Attorney-General employs “extremely heavy-handed piece of legislation” meant for international spies, huge taxpayers’ funds in bid to persecute peace protesters, Dems Senator says

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett (Queensland) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 it was wrong for the Government to use the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act, intended for application toward international spies, against non-violent protesters who had entered the Pine Gap facility.

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Telecommunications act grants law enforcement agencies enormous powers to monitor private conversations; ASIO can peruse `real time’ mobile phone data to pinpoint location of a user, without need to obtain a warrant

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

Democrats Senator Stott Despoja (South Australia) on 20 September 2007 told the Senate that the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 should be amended to require agencies to obtain a warrant before using a person’s mobile phone as a tracking, tracing and monitoring device.

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Telecommunications Act rejig allows spooks to lawfully authorise disclosure of data without breaching general prohibitions on disclosure

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

ALP Senator Joseph Ludwig (Queensland), speaking on the Telecommunications (Interception and access) Amendment Bill 2007 , said the key purpose of schedule 1 in the bill was to transfer security and law enforcement provisions from parts 13, 14 and 15 of the Telecommunications Act to the TIA Act. Schedule 1, item 12 also inserted a new chapter 4, which deals with access to telecommunications data. The amendments established a regime for particular officers of ASIO or an enforcement agency to lawfully authorise the disclosure of telecommunications data without breaching the general prohibitions on the disclosure of that data that exist within existing sections 276, 277 and 278 of the Telecommunications Act.

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Three-quarters of Australians saw Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan war as making the nation more of a target for terrorists

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

According to Sandra O’Malley and Adam Bennett, a comprehensive study of public attitudes to the nation’s closest ally conducted by the Sydney University-based United States Study Centre found a continuing decline in Australians’ opinion of America, based largely on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, reported The Canberra Times (4/10/2007, p.8).

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Greens say telephone and internet companies will be required to funnel data on phone calls, email, VOIP and web browsing in real time to the police or ASIO under Govt legislation

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle (New South Wales) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 that, under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007, telecommunication companies would have to funnel data in real time to the police or ASIO.

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Water, energy utilities get classified govt computer-modelling to plan for disasters, terror attacks

Posted by gasweek on 10 October, 2007

Banks, telecommunications carriers, energy and water utilities would be given access to classified computer modelling by the government to plan for disasters, wrote Julian Bajkowski in The Australian Financial Review (3/10/2007, p.53).

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Dems Senator airs concerns after Attorney-General invokes Cold War era legislation – for first time ever – to charge “non-violent protesters” at Pine Gap demo

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett (Queensland) told the Senate that the Attorney-General use of the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act to charge protesters represented an unecessary “sledgehammer approach”, after Liberal MP Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, tabled a statement on the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, on behalf of the Minister for Defence, Brendan Nelson.

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Indefinite detention on undisclosed grounds is “the stuff of nightmares”, British judge says: US Supremem court may decide whether “war on terror” is a real war

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

The Pentagon has said it hopes eventually to put up to 80 detainees on trial for war crimes by special military commissions. Even if acquitted, they may still be held as enemy combatants for the rest of the “war”, reported The Economist (6/10/2007, p.61).

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