A FORUM on the Federal Government's anti-terror laws has called for a Bill of Rights to protect Australians from "creeping authoritarianism".
Almost six years after the September 11 terrorist attacks that ushered in a wave of new laws, the forum at Griffith University yesterday was told the Muslim community was now feeling the brunt of laws they felt were discriminatory.
Director of the Griffith Islamic Research Centre, Dr Mohamad Abdalla, said combating terrorism was a futile endeavour if the human rights of innocent civilians were sacrificed.
"The Muslim community feels there are two systems of justice," he said.
"It is essential for all Australians that we have a Human Rights Act that will ensure fighting terrorism without racial, ethnic or other forms of discrimination.
"Australian Muslims are not opposed to securing Australia against terrorism. They reject however being targeted and profiled because of the actions of a few. Our concerns are directed against the draconian anti-terror legislation which is turning Australia into a police state."
He said the Muslim community was living in fear and under siege, particularly following the handling of the controversial case against Dr Mohamed Haneef. [Link]
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