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Newman warns Abbott to be careful on terror laws

HAVING learnt his lesson the hard way, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to think about how he sells the Commonwealth's new counter-terrorism laws.

In a speech to the federal parliament on Monday, Mr Abbott said Australians may see their freedoms restricted under new legislation.

But Mr Newman, whose own government took a hardline approach to dealing with organised crime gangs and suffered a backlash in the polls as a result, said Mr Abbott needed to tread carefully.

"I think that any changes to the laws relating to the current disturbing situation need to be justified to the Queensland and Australian community and I would urge that that happen," he said.

"It's important that the community understand what the level of threat has been and why any new laws are required and that's something we talked about in Cabinet this morning [Monday].

Read more at Brisbane Times

 

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