Following Australia’s passing of draconian anti-terror laws late September, the country took another step in the direction. This may allow its security services to detain anyone without charge even before other methods of questioning have been exhausted.
The proposed new laws will be subject to a parliamentary inquiry’s decision before being passed, but the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is already onboard with the amendments. A report on October 17 will reveal the results.
‘Coercive questioning’, as the practice is called, may now be much easier to carry out, after ASIO welcomed the changes during a parliamentary inquiry following the introduction of the Foreign Fighters bill on September 23 – which deals with radicalized Muslim youths returning to Australia with the purpose of carrying out terrorist attacks.