Civil liberties experts say holding suspects without charge for 14 days is ‘draconian’ and ‘inappropriate in a free society’

A proposed uniform law to allow terrorism suspects to be held without charge for 14 days is constitutional because a judge will have to approve extended detention, Malcolm Turnbull has said.

Speaking to ABC’s AM on Wednesday the prime minister defended a suite of proposed new anti-terrorism laws to be discussed at the Council of Australian Governments on Thursday, including new commonwealth criminal offences for possession of instructional terrorist material and engaging in terrorism hoaxes.

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