Thursday, 27 March 2008

Public Meeting - Putting the Terror Laws on Trial


Presented by Civil Rights Defence and Amnesty International Australia.

Tuesday April 15, 7pm, Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, Swanston St, City.

In the past five years Australia's anti-terrorism laws have been revealed as unjust, unnecessary, expensive and open to abuse. Six months since the botched prosecution of Mohamed Haneef, three months after the dismissal of the trial of Izhar Ul Haque, and weeks into the trial of Melbourne men (arrested over two years ago) charged with comprising "a terrorist organisation", we think it's time to take a look at the laws and how they are being used and abused.

It is time to put the laws on trial.

Come hear the accounts of people who have direct experience of both the laws and some of Australia's most prominent terror cases:

Peter Russo, lawyer for Dr Mohamed Haneef
David McLeod, lawyer for David Hicks
The meeting with begin with an excerpt from the play "Haneef - the interrogation", written by Graham Pitts and directed by Gorkem Acoroglu.

No booking required, entry by donation.
For enquiries, contact 0400 541 046.


Terror trial halted over prison conditions

The men have been held in the high security Acacia wing of Barwon Prison, near Geelong, since their arrest two years ago. To attend court they must travel for up to two hours to Melbourne each day, and two hours back, shackled and handcuffed, are strip-searched twice, and have little time outside their cells.

The Street review: a review of interoperability between the Australian Federal Police and its national security partners

Laurence Street, Martin Brady and Ken Moroney / Australian Federal Police

This is the report of an internal review, headed by former New South Wales Chief Justice Sir Laurence Street, looking at the way in which the Australian Federal Police works with its partner agencies on counter-terrorism investigations. The committee made recommendations covering the four broad areas of operational decision-making processes, joint taskforce arrangements, information sharing, and training and education.

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