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December 23, 2008

Australian Government responses to the Clarke Inquiry and other counter-terrorism reviews

The Attorney General has announced the Government’s response to reviews of national security legislation as well to the public report of the Inquiry by the Hon. John Clarke QC into the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef .

The Government will establish a National Security Legislation Monitor to review the practical operation of counter-terrorism legislation on an annual basis.

The Government will change the title of the offence of “sedition” to “urging violence". It will also ensure there is an offence of urging violence against a group or individual on the basis of race, religion, nationality, national origin or political opinion.

The Government will establish a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement to extend parliamentary oversight to include the Australian Federal Police.

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Posted 23rd December 2008 by David Jacobson in Current Affairs