Australia mulls revising terrorism laws to include psychological harm

August 13, 2009 08:54


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Terrorism would be redefined to include psychological harm and police would gain emergency powers to search homes without warrants under proposed revisions to Australia's counterterrorism laws. Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Thursday that the proposed reforms - the most sweeping since the 2005 London bombings, when a series of tough measures were quickly enacted - sought a balance between shielding the nation from potential terrorism and protecting civil liberties. "That's simply what we're about, to balance the need to give effective tools to law enforcement agencies and in so doing not undermining the fundamental freedoms that are part of our way of life that we cherish," McClelland told Sky News television. Law enforcement powers would be expanded in some areas, but safeguards would be added in others to protect citizens from lengthy detentions or wrongful arrests.

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