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Impact of counter-terrorism laws

An overview of the Government’s approach to the counter terrorism law is found in the Australian Government’s Counter-Terrorism White Paper (2010) published by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and readily available on the website of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (www.pmc.gov.au/counter-terrorism).

In the wake of the attacks in the United States of America on 11 September 2001 governments throughout the "west" have implemented a huge range of measures to protect against future terrorist attacks.

Some of these measures are directed specifically against such attacks, but many are not and directly affect the fundamental rights of the people living in these countries.

Though written in 2007 the following may be some use to readers:

  • For more information about the powers of ASIO officers, go to What if ASIO visit.
  • ASIO, the Police and You is an online handbook of special relevance to the Muslim community published by The Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network (AMCRAN).