Australian Terror Laws and Academic Freedom

FREE SPEECH IN FEARFUL TIMES: AFTER 9/11 IN CANADA, THE U.S., AUSTRALIA & EUROPE, Turk J. & Mason A., eds., pp. 234-244, Canada: James Lorimer & Company Limited

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 391

13 Pages Posted: 1 May 2009  

Joo-Cheong Tham

University of Melbourne

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

In Australia, the domestic ‘War on Terror’ has been waged through a multitude of laws with at least 26 separate pieces of anti-terrorism laws passed since the September 11 attacks. More disturbing than the pace of legislative enactment is the character of the laws passed. These laws mean that Australian security and police agencies now have the power to detain without trial. Broad discretion has also been conferred upon the government to ban so-called ‘terrorist organisations’.

These laws also cloak the operations of police and security organisations with greater secrecy, criminalise speech and heighten the risk of political and religious persecution. It is these features of the ‘War on Terror’ that particularly threaten academic freedom in Australia.

Keywords: War on Terror, anti-terrorism, security organisations, academic freedom

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Tham, Joo-Cheong, Australian Terror Laws and Academic Freedom (May 1, 2009). FREE SPEECH IN FEARFUL TIMES: AFTER 9/11 IN CANADA, THE U.S., AUSTRALIA & EUROPE, Turk J. & Mason A., eds., pp. 234-244, Canada: James Lorimer & Company Limited ; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 391. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1397443

Joo-Cheong Tham (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia

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