Anti-Terrorism Act Essay

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The Anti-Terrorism Act which was passed by the Commonwealth Parliament on the 6th of December 2005. The definition of 'Terrorism' is: "an action or threat of action where the action causes certain defined forms of harm or interference and the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause"
In the past, terrorism in Australia was not seen as a major issue with rare politically motivated violent incidents, usually isolated and for the most part driven by issues arising from political legislation or greed. However, after many terrorists attacks in overseas countries especially London, the Australian Government realized that such crimes should be prevented in happing in Australia and that the threat of terrorism to Australia is real and enduring.
This law affected not only charged criminals but also the ability for short term detention for individuals who were a suspect in a crime without evidence; and without criminal involvement. Also the potential for almost unlimited restrictions ranging from the freedom of movement, association with anyone including their lawyer to the banning of being in a certain place at a certain time of the day to owning specific items. Restrictions were also made to remove the right of a citizen to express his opinions or criticism.
One of the court cases in Australia that was related to terrorism was against a Muslim called 'Faheem Khalid' who plotted to bomb the national electricity supply system, and three Sydney defense installations; the army base Victoria Barracks, Sydney naval base HMAS Penguin and army training area Holsworthy Barracks all in the name of Islam. The Australian architect was convicted by the New South Wales Supreme Court in June 2006 on terrorism-related offences. Being the first convicted Australian terrorist under the new Anti-Terrorism Act in 2005. He was charged with three terrorism-related offences and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
A law that I believe is missing in our society is the amount of caffeine that is allowed to be put in all kinds of food and drinks especially Energy Drinks. The law would be called ‘The Safe Caffeine Consumption Law’ The purpose of this law is to set the amount of caffeine in food and drinks to a safe level that the human body can endure without affecting its health.

It is estimated that 900,000,000 gallons of these energy drinks are consumed throughout the world every day. Experts are now suggesting there are some serious health implications associated with these drinks, especially for teenagers. Recently, the French Government imposed a ban on ‘Red Bull’ after an 18 years old athlete died in a basketball match after consuming four cans.
The effects relating to the consumption of energy drinks in quantities include Insomnia, Nervousness, Headache, Rapid heart rate, Hypertension, Anxiety and Physiological dependence to caffeine.
And although many organizations tried to send warnings across different media methods, people especially teenagers continued drinking large quantities of energy drinks without having information about its negative impacts on the human body thinking it may provide them with more energy during sporting events or maximizing their studying potential. Therefore a law must be made to limit the amount of harmful substances in