No: 3

Autumn 2002

Are you a terrorist?
Try this five-point quiz:

1. Have you ever disagreed with any government policy and joined with others to express this by sending emails, or phoning any politician government department or bureaucrat?

2. Have you ever joined or been associated with any trade union, local protest group, or political or religious activist organisation?

3. Have you ever participated in a non-violent protest, rally or strike?

4. Have you ever donated money, bought raffle tickets or in any other way supported any international environmental, political or human rights organisation such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace?

5. Have you ever provided any professional advice for any political or religious organisation?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions then you run the risk of being labelled a "terrorist" under the Federal Government's sweeping new anti-terrorist laws.

If you do any of these things in the future you and many other Australians could be held without trial, interrogated by ASIO, and jailed for five years for failure to answer questions.

Did you know?

* The Government's new laws propose to give the Commonwealth Attorney General power to ban any political organisation which the Attorney General "reasonably believes" is associated with any terrorist activity anywhere in the world.

* The definition of terrorist act does not even require there to be any actual physical harm to any person, or even any intention to harm any person or property.

* Any one who supports, is a member or is even informally associated with any banned organisation will automatically become liable to imprisonment for life under the new laws.

* The new laws would have defined several notable Nobel Peace Prize winners (and anyone who supported them) such as Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu or Xanana Gusmao as terrorists simply for having been involved in their people's independence struggles?

Can you trust present and future politicians with powers that enable them to outlaw dissent and lock up their political opponents?

What you can do

These laws must be stopped in the Senate. The Greens and Democrats are already opposing them, the position of the ALP is crucial.

If you do nothing else in the next two weeks ring, fax or email (or all three) the ALP Senators in your State and the office of Simon Crean and John Faulkner. For most this is just a few calls please make the effort.

If you have time also make contact with as many other Senators or Representatives you can. You can find their details at

The crucial issues remain the same:

1) no new terrorism offences, the existing criminal law can be used;

2) no banning of organisations or lists that label individuals or organisations as terrorists;

3) no new powers for ASIO.

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