Our rights under threat from new 'terror' laws

Issue 
More 'terror' laws are an attack on our rights.

The federal government wants to amend the national security laws, in the November parliamentary term, to create the offence of inciting genocide and to lower the age at which a minor can be subject to control orders from 16 to 14 years' old.

The amendments aim to allow for greater electronic tracking of individuals on control orders, and will give judges the ability to rely on sensitive information in forming a detention decision without disclosing that information to the affected person.

President of the Lebanese Muslim Association Samier Dandan said: “Do we need to do this? Or should we focus on preventative measures ... preventative and counselling services [are] probably more effective than ... being interrogated by a police officer.”

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