Here in the States, we have laws against inciting riots or advocating the violent overthrow of the government. Have anything similar Down Under?
Haven't experienced anything yet that makes me even think about it...one does need a permit to stage a demonstration, and the police are all over it. Our security services (ASIO) are keeping their eyes on the trouble makers, several of whom are under house arrest, many are in jail awaiting trial. Remember, out of 20 million Australians, we only have some 350,000 muslims, and the new laws in place for intending immigrants are very tight.
The government has been very quietly deporting non-citizens to their home countries...
Aside from the '4,000 Youth Group Members' that the Lebanese are threatening us with, who are mostly welfare recipient gang members dealing drugs and stealing cars, or harrassing locals (when they aren't being locked up for 45 years for taking part in pack-rapes...) we seem to have a good handle on things.
Their numbers are still too small for 'riots or advocating the violent overthrow of the government' - they have to make do with being a pain in the A$$ and insulting us at every opportunity. (We give back good or better than, we aren't at all PC.)
Over-all, the clerics and the loudmouths have made a laughing stock of themselves. I'll post a few more links to bring you up to date on the wonderful world of islam in Oz.
Australia Police Arrested 17 Terror Suspects In Raids
By Robert Raffaele
08 November 2005
Police in Australia say they have foiled a plot to carry out a major terror attack, following the arrest of 17 men in raids in Australia's two largest cities. A radical Muslim cleric known for praising Osama bin Laden is among the captured suspects. He is charged with masterminding the plot. VOA's Robert Raffaele has more.
More than 500 police were involved in raids across Sydney and Melbourne. Eight men were arrested in Sydney, another nine in Melbourne. Authorities seized weapons, computers, chemicals, and backpacks.
New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney said possible bomb-making materials were found. Prosecutors say the items are similar to those used in July's terror attacks in London.
"The linkages appeared to be common in the sense of the chemicals that appeared to have been used in London and the chemicals which we will allege were being gathered, or being sought, here both in New South Wales and Victoria."
Prosecutors say the suspects are committed to violent jihad against Australians.
Supporters of the suspects clashed with television cameramen outside courthouses in Melbourne and Sydney, and
Rob Starry, an attorney for eight of the Melbourne suspects, said they were not charged with terrorism. "Although it's been suggested that they've been charged in the planning and preparation of a terrorist offense, that's not reflected in these charges, and it's not reflected in the interrogations that we know so far."
One of the Melbourne suspects is the alleged mastermind, Abu Bakr, an Algerian-Australian Muslim cleric who has been quoted as saying he would violate his faith if he did not encourage his students to join the jihad, or holy war, in Iraq.
Australia has never been hit by a major terror attack, but its citizens have been targeted overseas, particularly in neighboring Indonesia, where dozens of Australians have been killed in bomb blasts since 2002.
Last week, Prime Minister John Howard rushed through Parliament an amendment to terror laws he said would strengthen police powers to arrest anyone plotting attacks.
Melbourne police say those new powers allowed them to carry out Tuesday's raids.