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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Australia reacts to latest wave of bombings... abroad.

News Item:

Australia is to impose "draconian" counter-terrorism laws after state and territory leaders agreed on Tuesday to wide-ranging security proposals made by Prime Minister John Howard in the wake of the London bombings.

Howard said the new laws, which include detaining suspects for up to 48 hours without charge and using electronic tracking devices to keep tabs on terror suspects, were needed to combat "unusual circumstances."

Australia has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil, but 88 Australians were among 202 people killed in the 2002 Bali bombings and 10 Indonesians were killed when the Australian embassy in Jakarta was hit by a suicide bomb on September 9, 2004.

John Howard also said, "We live on a continent of terror [Terra Australis] and we must do everything we can to protect ourselves."

"In many sense the laws that we have agreed to today are draconian laws, but they are necessary laws to protect Australians," Queensland state premier Peter Beattie told a news conference.

Off the record, Peter Beattie continued, "As we have learned time and time again, with our intolerance to homosexuals and our treatment of aborigines, that the only way to earn the respect of the United States is to everything they do, but to a greater degree."

Current mood: terrorifying.


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