Queensland G20 Bill: Sweeping new police powers threaten human rights | Human Rights Law Centre

The G20 Safety and Security Bill 2013 , which is to be debated by the end of October, creates a special security area, covering a large part of central Brisbane including thousands of homes and businesses.The HRLC’s Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser, said the Bill gives police extraordinary powers in this area to stop and search people, vehicles and certain premises, confiscate items, ban and exclude people and detain people charged with minor offences, without adequate safeguards.“Ensuring safety and security around the G20 is a legitimate purpose, but this Bill gets the balance completely wrong,” said Mr de Kretser.Mr de Kretser said the G20 event will showcase Queensland and Australia to the world and that legislation around the event should promote and protect fundamental human rights, not undermine them.

via Queensland G20 Bill: Sweeping new police powers threaten human rights | Human Rights Law Centre.

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