"Australia is a long way from New York and Washington DC, but the September 11
terror attacks had a profound impact on our country.
In Afghanistan and Iraq, we became embroiled in decades-long insurgencies. At
home, the attacks had enduring impacts on our legal system. Before 9/11
Australia had zero national counter-terrorism laws. Now, we have 92 of them,
amounting to more than 5,000 pages of rules, powers and offences.
These laws have reshaped ideas about criminal responsibility, set us apart from
our closest allies, and strengthened a troubling culture of secrecy.
But have they made us safer?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics