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Jun 23, 2014

Crikey says: Aussie jihadists aside, we need calm debate on security laws

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As Crikey reported last week, the government is bringing forward at least two tranches of national security law reforms, in the wake of concerns from intelligence agencies about Australians fighting with Islamic extremist groups in Syria, and now Iraq.

But the reforms that will be brought forward have nothing to do with those concerns: any connection between them is for political purposes.

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2 thoughts on “Crikey says: Aussie jihadists aside, we need calm debate on security laws

  1. AR

    The CPSnow “secret government” will do what it wants, whether legislated or not. Freedom and secrecy are immiscible.

  2. klewso

    Departmental budgetary strategy :- “More dirt = more money!”
    Who knows, we could have a “Plague of Haneefs”?

    Of course the cynical among us might look at Howard’s, Abbott’s and the Limited News Party’s record for political opportunism and manipulation; their present “poll troubles”; coupled to it’s provocative stance re Israel; what that’s likely to generate in the Muslim/Arab world; doing away with this authority, to give itself autonomy and unilateral authority to do as it sees “fit” – the sort of distraction this could afford, for rhetorical purposes for starters? But of course that would just be cynical ….. and this is just an Abbott, Limited News Party government?

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