Counter-terrorism laws a threat to political freedom civil liberties and constitutional rights
During 2002, on the pretext of shielding the Australian people from terrorism, the Howard government has introduced legislation that arguably undermines fundamental democratic rights, including freedom of speech and political association and freedom from arbitrary detention.mittee on Intelligence and Security, Parliament of Australia, Review of Security and Counter Terrorism Legislation (2006) ch 3. 15 For critiques of these laws: see, eg, Michael Head, CounterTerrorism Laws: A Threat to Political Freedom, Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights (2002) 26 Melbourne University counter-terrorism laws a threat to political freedom civil liberties and constitutional rights
We conduct a crossnational time series analysis of counterterrorist legislation and consequent repression of civil liberties for the years. We find that the effects of legislation vary by levels of initial repression. Legislation has a negative effect on respect for civil liberties in countries with moderate levels of repression.