Mark Collins – Australia: Dangerous Terrorists? Just Keep’em Locked Up

Whilst many Canadians are worried about our recent anti-terrorism law, C-51 (text here); they play hard-nosed Down Under:

Terrified of terror, Australia plans indefinite detention even after sentences are served [that “terrified” a bit OTT]

Australia is one of the most peaceful, prosperous and law-abiding countries on Earth. Yet it is about to allow people who might commit terrorism to be held in prison — indefinitely.

Under changes introduced into federal parliament last month by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s center-right government, federal judges could stop prisoners being released after completing terrorism-related sentences. They wouldn’t need to set a release date, although the prisoners’ detention would be reviewed every year.

Judges would need to be convinced by the government that the man or woman was likely to mount some kind of new attack. There would be no new trial, although prisoners would have the right to argue in court that they aren’t a threat.

The change will upend a centuries-old legal principle that prisoners are automatically released when their sentences end [read on, the author is of a liberal bent]…

Relevant:

Terrorism, Intelligence and Bill C-51: “The Fight Over Canada’s Patriot Act”

Hard-Nosed French “Patriot Act” Cleared by Court

UK Security Services’ Successful Bulk Data Collection; Need More Powers (Canada?)

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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