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Foreign Fighters amendments inadequate

Penny Wright 22 Oct 2014

Comment from Australian Greens' spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright on news the Abbott Government will adopt the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the Foreign Fighters bill:

"The recommendations of the Liberal-Labor committee are not enough to save this from being a very bad bill that will trample on long-held civil liberties and democratic rights.

"The committee's recommendations are just tweaking around the edges - they do not fix the substantive problems of this bill.

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Greens will demand amendments to Foreign Fighters bill

Penny Wright 17 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens will not support no-go zones, the extension of preventative detention orders and the collection of biometric data at airports in the Abbott Government's Foreign Fighters legislation.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Greens would seek to delay debate on the second tranche of terror laws to allow time for further scrutiny, amid concerns even the government does not fully understand the extent of the powers they are creating.

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Greens seek to scrap 'no go zones' from Foreign Fighters Bill

Penny Wright 3 Oct 2014

The Abbott Government's unnecessary 'no go zone' laws undermine the presumption of innocence and criminalise legitimate travel, says Australian Greens Legal Affairs spokesperson Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said the Greens would move amendments to strike out clauses that make it a criminal offence to travel to an area black-listed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

"We do not support these blanket bans and we will be trying to get rid of them when the legislation comes to parliament," Senator Wright said.

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Greens urge caution as Libs seek to rush through terror laws

Penny Wright 23 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have urged the Abbott Government not to rush through draconian changes to Australia's anti-terror laws. 

Responding to the draft legislation released tonight, spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Australian Greens would be looking at the legislation closely in the coming days.

"This legislation contains significant changes that overturn long-held values of the justice system and restrict civil liberties," Senator Wright said.

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Brandis presumption of terror guilt could trap journalists, aid workers

New anti-terror laws outlined by the Coalition today could see humanitarian workers and journalists in war zones having to prove they are not criminals, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Wright said Attorney-General George Brandis's plans to reverse the onus of proof added to concerns the wide-ranging legislation would severely restrict human rights.

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