Australia limits personal and democratic freedoms because of terrorist threats

"Since Australia raised its terror threat level from "medium" to "high" on September 11, Prime Minister Tony Abbott notified Parliament that "Regrettably for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift."

That shift has included legalizing government surveillance of the Internet and threatening 10-year prison terms for anyone, including journalists or whiste-blowers, who publicize classified information.

Parliament is also considering a proposed national security law that would permit the secret detention of Australians without charge in order for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization "to conduct coercive questioning of a person for the purposes of gathering intelligence about a terrorism offense."

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