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Greens urge caution as Libs seek to rush through terror laws

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.

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Terror threat response must be proportionate: Greens

Penny Wright 10 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have warned that the government's response to talk of an increased terror threat must be proportionate, amid concerns basic civil rights could be restricted.

 Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Wright said many terror measures being discussed by the government ran against expert counter-terrorism advice.

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Don't be panicked into terror changes: Greens

Penny Wright 26 Aug 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright has today warned against being swept up in the Abbott Government's anti-terror fear campaign.

The Australian Greens welcomed the restoration of the Countering Violent Extremism funding, but warned broader elements of the counter-terrorism package would undermine basic human rights.

"Today's re-announcement is a feel-good moment to distract from the more sinister elements of the Abbott Government's fear campaign on terrorism," Senator Wright said

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Greens sceptical on terror law push

Adam Bandt 6 Aug 2014

The Greens will not support the rushing of Tony Abbott's proposed terror laws through parliament and have called on the Prime Minister to immediately publicly release draft legislation.

The Greens also have serious reservations about the expansion of detention powers and new offences that reverse the presumption of innocence.

"Tony Abbott's 'Team Australia' deserves to know what his proposed terror laws will mean for our freedoms and the rule of law," said acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP.

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Brandis presumption of terror guilt could trap journalists, aid workers

New anti-terror laws outlined by the Coalition today could see humanitarian workers and journalists in war zones having to prove they are not criminals, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Wright said Attorney-General George Brandis's plans to reverse the onus of proof added to concerns the wide-ranging legislation would severely restrict human rights.

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