It's all good in opposition

It was only last week when Prime Minister Howard was saying that our laws are not equipped to deal with this suicide bomber terrorist threat, even Labour premier Bob Carr said he wanted the laws strengthened to deal with the threat.

You would think that the federal opposition would be screaming the house down accusing the government of sitting on their hands and doing nothing, I wonder what powers the police should be given then, when confronted with a suicide bomber, sit and meditate perhaps, offer a bunch of posies, run away, ponder the meaning of life.

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says there is no need to give Australian police shoot to kill powers as part of a counter-terrorism strategy.

Mr Beazley has expressed sympathy for the Brazilian who was shot dead by police in London after being mistaken for a suicide bomber. Mr Beazley said Australia was not experiencing a terrorism threat serious enough to justify giving police such powers.

"You got to make sure that if you're going to do that, that it's appropriate," he told the Nine Network. "This is a genuinely difficult question.

"I don't think it's a necessary regime at this point in time in this country, but I don't blame the British for where they found themselves, though all of us have got to be deeply, deeply sorry for the family and the individual concerned in that illegitimate killing."

No one, apart from the terrorists, wants innocent people killed, but we need to know that our security forces are allowed to kill would-be suicide bombers if necessary.

Meanwhile Kim can continue to ponder if 'its appropriate', IN OPPOSITION.

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