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Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials - Andrew Lynch

Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Paperback Published: 3rd March 2015
ISBN: 9781742231310
Number Of Pages: 256

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Over ten years after Australia’s first national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, yet more anti-terrorism laws were passed in the Australian Parliament in late 2014. The first laws were often introduced in great haste and were stunning in scope and number. The latest laws are similarly extensive and controversial. Yet again, powers and sanctions once thought to lie outside the rules of a liberal democracy except during wartime have become part of Australian law.

Timely, piercing and in regard to the first set of laws, written with the benefit of hindsight, this book asks whether Australia really needed to enact anti-terrorism laws in the first place, let alone add to them? Do the new laws pose increased threats to freedom of speech and freedom of the press? Have these laws been effective in protecting the community, or do they represent a long-term threat to the health of Australian democracy? Which laws have proved their worth – and which have not? And what has been the impact of the laws in Australia’s anti-terrorism trials and on the Muslim community?

Most tellingly, the book asks whether seeing these anti-terror laws as normal is a danger in itself.

About the Authors

Andrew Lynch teaches and researches in the field of Australian constitutional law and was the Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, from 2008 to 2013. He currently directs the Centre’s Judiciary Project. His books include What Price Security? Taking Stock of Australia’s Anti-Terror Laws and Law and Liberty in the War on Terror.

Nicola McGarrity is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, UNSW. She also directs the Terrorism Law Reform Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Her books include Counter-Terrorism and Beyond: The Culture of Law and Justice After 9/11 and Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism. She has previously practised as a barrister in constitutional, administrative and criminal law.

George Williams AO is one of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers and public commentators. He is the Anthony Mason Professor, a Scientia Professor and the Foundation Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, UNSW. His books include Australian Constitutional Law and Theory and The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. He practises as a barrister and is a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

ISBN: 9781742231310
ISBN-10: 1742231314
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd March 2015
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27

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