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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Counter terrorism legislation before parliament.............

[b]Counter terrorism legislation before parliament to address urgently the terrorist threats to Australia.[/b]

[b] Canberra, 02 November, ([/b] Australian Prime Minister John Howard told the urgent need for the amendment to the Counter Terrorism Legislation. He explained that that the reason for this amendment was because the Government has received specific intelligence and police information this week which gives cause for serious concern about a potential terrorist threat. He elaborated by saying, ”All the detail of this information has been provided by me and the Attorney General to the Leader of the Opposition and to the Shadow Minister for Homeland Security.”

As an urgent measure to effectively respond to the threat of emerging terrorism in Australia, John Howard told the journalists in a press conference along with Australia’s Attorney General Philip Ruddock MP,that the immediate passage of this proposed amendment would strengthen the capacity of the law enforcement agencies in the country.

John Howard further clarified, “This amendment is being taken out of the main bill. The main bill will be processed in the normal fashion. It will not be subjected to this great urgency. As it happens, agreement is very close indeed and could well be concluded by today. And it may be that the bill, the main bill could be introduced very shortly. But that is separate and apart.”

Australian Prime Minister further brought to the attention of the journalists, “The urgency attaches only to this particular amendment. You will understand that there are sensitive operational matters and I cannot and will not go into any further detail.”

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