Terror threat identified, says PM
November 02, 2005
Australian intelligence authorities have received specific information about a terrorist threat in Australia, according to Prime Minister John Howard.
Speaking in Canberra, Mr Howard said, "The Government has received specific intelligence and police information this week which gives cause for serious concern about a potential terrorist threat.
As a result Mr Howard said part of the new anti-terror laws would be introduced to parliament today.
He said the Senate would also be recalled tomorrow to debate the bill.
Mr Howard said the government would rush its tough new anti-terrorism legislation through the House of Representatives tonight and the Senate would be recalled tomorrow to ensure it becomes law as soon as possible.
After question time today, the attorney-general will introduce into the House an urgent amendment to the existing counter terrorism legislation," he said.
We will seek passage of that amendment through all stages this evening.
The president of the Senate will recall the Senate to meet tomorrow afternoon at 2pm and it's the Government's wish that this amendment be passed into law as soon as possible."
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