2010 Law Week Breakfast

Posted on August 31, 2021 by Benson Shi

This morning, our principal solicitor Anne O’Donoghue and one of our staff were fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2010 Law Week Breakfast with NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione as the Guest of Honour and Key Speaker and Professor George Williams as the Guest Speaker. The topic for the breakfast was “The Role of Legislative Support in Anti-Terrorist Policing”.

Commissioner Andrew Scipione gave an interesting speech by initially outlining the ‘terrorist-related’ incident in Australian history including the Eureka Stockade and the attempted assasination of Prince Alfred by Henry James O’Farrell.

He then mentioned the three incidents with the biggest impact on Australia: the 9/11 attacks, Bali Bombing and the London Bombings. As a result of all those incident, counter-terrorism legislations and measures were imposed (as opposed to the prior anti-terrorism legislation).

Commissioner Scipione also stated that the success of counter-terrorism is not on whether or not the police is succesful in capturing the perpetrator. Instead, it is measured on the prevention of a terrorist act. He also illustrated on what the laws meant by an act of terrorism by adding Michael Kirby’s quote: “Let there be no doubt that real terrorists are the enemies of civil liberties…”

He closed his speech with the famous quote from the IRA in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s attempted assasination in Brighton, 1984:

Terrorist only have to be lucky once. We have to be lucky all the the time.

Originally posted on October 17, 2010 @ 4:27 am