AAP: Knife attacks spark interstate search for law solutions

Police could be able to stop and search people for a weapon without reasonable suspicion or a warrant under laws being considered by the NSW government.

NSWCCL does not support giving police more powers. We believe this would amount to nothing more than a "knee-jerk response to a series of violent and distressing but isolated incidents".

Stephen Blanks for NSWCCL said "It wouldn't have done anything to protect against what happened in Bondi," he told AAP, referring to a mass stabbing attack that killed six people in a Westfield shopping centre.

The cost of imposing "airport-style security" for people to enter similar sites would be "absolutely prohibitive," he said.

Mr Blanks worried police would execute searches on marginalised communities, exacerbating resentment and tensions between groups.

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