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Australian court rules extremists can be kept in prison after they have served their sentences

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Considering he never actually did anything this is hardly justice.

Are you kidding? He and his group were caught in the act of building a large bomb that they were planning to detonate in either a football stadium or train station so as to maximize civilian deaths.

The fact that he was caught before he murdered hundreds of people does NOT mean he "never actually did anything".

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Extremism might be a mental disorder.

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Hey I’m not complaining. If extending his sentence because he still poses a threat to the community as a whole then I’m all for it. We’ve never really had a significant terror attack and we don’t want to either.

However I’d much rather they just deport him already rather than keep him in jail at our expense.

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Why not just increase the sentences rather than make exceptions to them?

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One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. This law seems extreme, although I do understand why some people need to remain incarcerated if they remain a threat to the public. Even in Canada, criminals can be denied parole after serving 25 years if they are deemed dangerous offenders. Paul Bernardo for example will likely never be released.

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Lets hope they’re all kept behind bars for as long as possible.

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This is appropriate. Learned judges considered and evaluated what the definition of "exceptional circumstances" is, and expanded it from mental illness / infectious disease to now include protecting the community from a terror crime. It is best when the judges do this rather than someone in the executive branch doing it by fiat.

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A fair decision and wise. Deportation allows him the freedom to plan acts of terrorism against Australia from afar or against another nations. The only place for a person determined to kill innocent people is behind bars or six feet underground. With no death penalty in Australia that leaves the behind bars for life option.

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Sometimes I have to ask, what would China do to understand how much worse it could be.

BTW,

Why not just lock people up indefinitely without a trial like the Americans do?

Examples of people on American soil who are locked up indefinitely, without a trial, please.

War combatants are often held until the end of the war. Let me know when the war for your example people ends. Until then, they are prisoners.

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Enjoy your stay I'm sure the inmates will treat you with the best care...

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I can see China's Global Times having a field day with this.

The majority of judges ruled that protecting the community from a terror crime amounted to exceptional circumstances.

Oh, god, the lack of principles.

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Is the Australian Punitive or Restorative?

The most important task of any detention system is to protect the society from the dangers the inmate pose. Inmates' welfare, restoration and re-education takes on a distant second priority.

The terrorists have all the time in the world, and can patiently wait to be released. This shouldn't happen at any cost. I'm glad the new l legislation gives legal means for allowing that.

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Is the Australian Punitive or Restorative?

What's the purpose of imprisonment?

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Australia is getting more authoritarian by the day. The preparation work for the formal handover to Chinese authority in 2050 is going well.

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Then why bother to give them sentences? Why not just lock people up indefinitely without a trial like the Americans do? Considering he never actually did anything this is hardly justice.

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