New anti-terror laws introduce by the state government represent the “most serious breach of human rights proposed yet”, according to a Greens MP.
“These laws will see people imprisoned and interrogated based on secret hearsay evidence and unverified police reports in an unprecedented expansion of police powers,” says Greens’ Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge.
Mr Shoebridge says the laws represent an overreach and beyond existing laws, which allow police to detain someone to prevent an immediate threat to the public.
Civil liberties campaigners have also reacted swiftly to criticise the law.
Stephen Banks, president of The NSW Council for Civil Liberties president told ABC News Online the laws would isolate young Australians.
“The police, when they deprive individuals of their liberty, do so under the supervision of an independent arm of government – that is the judiciary,” he said.”
“That is such a fundamental aspect of our free society… and here we are throwing it away.”
The introduction of the laws follow an in-principle agreement last month at the Council of Australian Governments meeting that proposed the NSW model would become to basis of a nationally consistent model.
Source: Alt Media