Australian Poll Shows Support for Anti-Terror Laws
25 October 2005
An opinion poll indicates an overwhelming number of Australians support tough anti-terrorism measures proposed after the London bombings.
The survey of more than 1,400 Australians last week by the Sydney Morning Herald shows three-quarters of respondents support laws that would allow the detention and electronic tagging of terror suspects.
But 60 percent of those surveyed said they were opposed to giving police "shoot to kill" authority when pursuing terrorism suspects.
The new counter-terrorism laws will allow suspects to be electronically watched or held in custody for up to 14 days without charge. They will also create tighter checks on citizenship applicants and jail terms for inciting violence.
Rights organizations have criticized the measures, saying they threaten civil liberties and violate international law.
Some information for this report provided by AFP.
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