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Greens urge caution as Libs seek to rush through terror laws

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Penny Wright 23 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have urged the Abbott Government not to rush through draconian changes to Australia's anti-terror laws. 

Responding to the draft legislation released tonight, spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Australian Greens would be looking at the legislation closely in the coming days.

"This legislation contains significant changes that overturn long-held values of the justice system and restrict civil liberties," Senator Wright said.

"The Australian Greens are committed to protecting Australians from terrorism, but we must make sure we can find and prosecute the guilty while protecting the innocent.

"We do not support rushing these measures through the parliament with a faux inquiry by an exclusive committee of Labor and Liberal MPs. The community should be involved.

"Australia's counter-terrorism organisations already have very extensive powers. In times of heightened security, civil liberties and legal norms like the presumption of innocence are more vital than ever.

"The Greens will make sure the Government's laws are measured and do not overreach.

"One of the greatest threats to Australia's security is heading into an unwinnable war in the Middle East."

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