The possibility of an Australian bill of rights has been raised by human rights activists [JURIST report] and others in response to the passage of several Australian anti-terrorism laws. The Security Legislation Review Committee [materials], a public and independent body charged with reviewing the Security Acts dealing with terrorism, has criticized [JURIST report] many elements of the laws, including their lack of sunset provisions and the ambiguity of several crime definitions, especially the crime of "advocating the doing of a terrorist act." The Committee identified other potential civil rights issues inherent in the Security Acts, and recommended that the governmental process of black-listing terrorist groups be more transparent so that the groups may respond to the charges before condemnation, and that the definitional criteria be made public. AAP has more.
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