Australian PM considers tougher anti-terror laws, plans terror summit Tom Henry at 12:37 PM ET
[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [Wikipedia profile] on Friday announced a planned summit meeting of Australian state leaders and security advisors next month to mull over ways to reduce Australia's vulnerability to terrorist attacks. Howard is debating whether terror laws should be strengthened following comments by some Australian Muslim clerics expressing support for Islamic jihadists attacking the US, Britain, and other countries. He denounced the statements saying, "Supporting a jihad has no place in the values of this country." The meeting next month is set to include British terror experts and Australian police officers who traveled to London and gained firsthand knowledge of the events surrounding the July 7 suicide bombings [JURIST report]. AFP has more.
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