Stuckey stands for stronger Counter-Terrorism Laws

18 Aug 2016 3:45 PMJann Stuckey

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has delivered a moving speech in Parliament in favour of the introduction of stronger counter terrorism laws for greater protection of the people of Currumbin and Queensland.

The Currumbin MP says that while Queensland’s preventative detention laws and terrorist emergency powers have never had to be used. She is sure that all honourable members would like to see that perfect record continued for the state.

“Unfortunately the reality of a terrorist attack on any scale is considered by many experts to be a case of when, not if.”

Ms Stuckey explained “the reasoning for further amendments to the 2016 bill is owing to the elevated frequency of terrorism related incidents and the ever-increasing threat of low-tech lone-actor terrorism.

“In the last 12 months, in many places around the globe terror has raised its ugly head with shocking frequency – in Pairs, Nice, Brussels, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Marseille – but we too, have experienced acts of terror.

Ms Stuckey says “many Australians recall watching in horror and disbelief as the Sydney Lindt café siege unfolded. The 16 hour stand-off, which began on 15 December, resulted in two hostages, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, being killed.”

The proposed amendments will enable police to require any person or organisation to provide information during a declared emergency under specified conditions, create an offence for refusing to provide information with penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment to apply, extend a terrorist emergency in circumstance where it is necessary to protect life or health of protect critical infrastructure.

Ms Stuckey says being able to stop an attack before it is committed is the most certain way to ensure all Queenslanders are kept safe.

“With the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held in southern Queensland, this legislation will assist us to be at the top of our game in terms of dealing with terror threats and being able to intervene early, potentially foiling any attacks that could harm our people and our enviable reputation as a safe destination.”


[ENDS] 18 August 2016