Raids in Australia one week, new law the next?
On Thursday 18 September Australia's supposed largest counter-terrorism raid took place, it was the same week as Australian troops left for the 'Middle East' and is just days before new anti-terrorism legislation will be debated in parliament.
Tony Abbot says "all you need to do to carry out a terrorist attack is to have a knife, an iPhone and a victim.”
What do you need to carry out a terror raid?
- 1 intercepted phone call
- More than 800 police
- 25 Sydney properties raided
- 15 people arrested
- 3 charged
- 2 given bail on firearm offences
- 1 person in custody
This was the result of Australia's allegedly largest counter-terrorism operation on Thursday 18th September. A raid that happened in a busy political time for the Australian government.
- August 5: Tony Abbot proposes extension of anti-terrorism and telecommunications metadata / surveillance laws
- August 28: Labor senator Sue Lines told Fairfax Media the Prime Minister “is just using this (terrorism threats) as a shield to try and deflect from the awful mess they’re in with their budget”.
- Sept 12: Tony Abbot raises Australia's terrorism alert level from Medium to High but says authorities don't believe a terrorist attack is imminent
- Sept 15: Abbot announces Australia will send 600 troops to the 'Middle East'
- Sept 16: troops begin departing
- Sept 18: the raids
- Sept 18: Australia Labor leaders support the raids, (no mention of the budget)
- Sept 18: US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Australia for undertaking the raids, saying how they highighted the necessity for US actions against terrorism and the international support for the US
- Sept 18: Abbot officially farewells air force personal going to 'Middle East'
- Sept 21: Labor now looks set to back the anti-terror legislation
- Sept 22 onwards: anti-terror legislation will be debated in parliament
The fall out:
- Australian armed federal police will now be in charge of security at the Australian parliament
- John Key has remarked that the “Australia teror raids show value of spying” He says, “we live in a complicated and risky world and we just need intelligence agencies to provide support for New Zealanders."
- The Australian anti-terror legislation will probably flow quickly through parliament
And there is still one person in custody – 'charged with planning to kidnap and behead a random member of public'. (Is that a new offence?) How long will that person stay there before a court-case or the charges are dropped quietly?