NSW premier Mike Baird's bid to allow police to hold terror suspects for four weeks without charge is "window dressing" and will not stop young people being radicalised, say civil libertarians. Mr Baird wants police to be given the power to keep suspects in custody for up to 28 days without charge and to lower the age from 16 to 14 years at which someone can be placed under a control order.
Stephen Blanks, President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties said the changes will not prevent future attacks.
"I don't think these proposed laws are a genuine attempt to make the community safer. They are simply window-dressing to give the appearance of doing something."
Mr Blanks said community programs, engagement and educational initiatives are the only way to ensure people do not become alienated.
Source: Channel 9 News