A MEETING on proposed anti-terror laws between Attorney-General George Brandis and key Muslim leaders in Sydney’s west was “insufficient” to allay community concerns, a spokesman says.
MUSLIM leader Hany Amer says the assembled group had 30 minutes to review the draft amendments to the legislation, which aims to stop young Australians taking part in wars in the Middle East.
There was not enough time to look over the proposals, but as they stand the laws did not have enough safeguards for the innocent, he says. Leaders left the meeting on Friday in Parramatta with the same concerns they had at the start about the Muslim community being unfairly targeted.
Mr Amer says he was told the proposals weren’t up for negotiation. In contrast, a spokesman for Mr Brandis says the meeting was constructive. “It was a friendly and constructive meeting and it was agreed that consultations would continue,” the spokesman said.