“Terror expert Aldo Borgu warned the public could become cynical if no action was taken immediately after the laws passed.
‘If they don’t actually have arrests or raids or anything like that, it will be viewed even more cynically,’ he said.
‘Once this legislation is passed there will be a high expectation that there will be some action soon after.’
Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown has already questioned the timing of the amendments.
‘One has a right to be suspicious, while the Prime Minister did not make this announcement yesterday because it was Melbourne Cup Day, he’s making it today when he’s releasing the industrial relations legislation to take (it) off the front page,’ Senator Brown said.
Independent Peter Andren also held concerns, claiming the changes were designed simply to lock in support for the Government’s other controversial anti-terror plans.