Yes, I'm busy at the moment. But not too busy to take a quick peek at our new anti-terror legislation, due to be rammed through Parliament any day now, come hell or high water. I just thought I should point out a few little tidbits to make you all feel safer.
1. When giving money to an organisation, it is now an offence to be 'reckless' in whether that organisation will use the money for financing terrorism. 'Reckless', in legal terms, is a very murky little word. NOTE TO SELF - DO NOT LOAD UP THE CREDIT CARD DONATING TO WORLD VISION. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO THEY MIGHT HELP.
These provisions apply even if the funds are not to be used in any specific terrorist attack. You give money to an organisation, they Govt decides they MIGHT use it for terrorism, BANG! You are up for LIFETIME IMPRISONMENT.
2. Preventative detention orders - I am not going to comment too much suffice to say that once detained, you can contact one person, but cannot tell them why you are being detained or by whom. Further, you can contact your lawyer solely for the purpose of ascertaining your rights under the detention order or your treatment under the order and to advise your lawyer about acting. The Bill says nothing about actually receiving assistance from your lawyer, just 'advice'.
Such contact can be monitored by the AFP.
If you disclose that a detention order has been made against you, or that you are being detained, or the period you are being detained during the period of the detention, you might face 5 years in jail. IF I RANG MY GIRLFRIEND AND SAID 'HEY SWEETIE, CAN'T COME HOME FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS - HOPE YOU DON'T MIND', SHE WOULD BE PISSED.
The same restrictions apply to the lawyer for the person.
3. There is a new defintion of 'seditious intention', for the purposes of the federal Crimes Act
. One now has a seditious intention where they (1) bring the Sovereign into hatred or contempt (SO DON'T LAUGH AT PRINCE CHARLES. Or, by the way, nudge nudge Amanda Vanstone, DON'T CALL THE MONARCH 'SWEATY BETTY' LIKE YOU DID RECENTLY AT THE MALVERN RSL.) Hatred or contempt?? Come on! As Crikey.com says, they do it themselves.
Also, you are being seditious where you 'urge disaffection' against (i) the Constitution (having studied it for an entire year, I myself feel disaffected by it. If I tell all my friends what a crap subject it is, does that count?), (ii) the Government of the Commonwealth (because if there was ever an organisation which did not deserve some urging of disaffection, that is it. I guess that might shut up Rau and Solon) or (iii) either House of Parliament (well, I guess I can't hang it on Wilson Tuckey any more. Or Reverend Tony Abbott. Or Uncle Johnny. Or Fat Kim. Or BLOODY ANYBODY.)
Again, as crikey points out, what about the Republicans? Are they going to nail Malcolm Turnbull? Eddie McGuire? Me? Maybe that was just Peter Costello's way of getting rid of Malcolm for a while. Well, 14 days at least.
COME ON PEOPLE, WHY DOES NOBODY SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF?