Expansion of terror laws risks democratic freedoms

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Abbott Government's laws will seriously overturn a number of democratic rights and restrict civil liberties.

"These new terror laws will extend security agency powers that numerous government reviews have already said are unnecessary and even counter-productive," Senator Wright said.

“We can remain vigilant against the threat of terrorism without overturning the fundamentals of our justice system.

“From what we know of the government’s proposed terror measures, long-established legal rights like the presumption of innocence will be trashed and Australians may be detained and possibly convicted simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We cannot be a voice for freedom on the international stage while restricting freedom at home."