*This is an excerpt from the public forum: Terrifying! Liberty, Threats & Australia’s New Security Legislation. The full public forum is available to watch at https://youtu.be/2xVAkIsQW0I
Presented by the Whitlam Institute, UWS School of Law, NSW Writers' Centre and Riverside Theatres on 4 June 2015
Since the tragedy of 9/11, successive Australian governments have introduced a raft of new laws for the purposes of countering terrorism on our shores. For most Australians it has proved well-nigh impossible to keep up with the legislation, let alone fully appreciate the implications for themselves and their rights under Australian law or for the institutions and cultural expressions that underpin our democracy.
Professor George Williams AO, leading Australian constitutional lawyer and public commentator
Mr Paul Murphy, CEO, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
Ms Karen Middleton, political journalist, seasoned commentator and writer.
Moderator: Eric Sidoti, Director, Whitlam Institute