A bill that would give courts in NSW the power to restrict offenders departs from existing regimes in many striking ways.
Imposing significant restrictions on the liberty of a person found not guilty subverts the ordinary criminal justice process.
State leaders endorsed a plan at COAG last week that would see some terrorists jailed indefinitely.
Detaining persons convicted of terrorist offences for lengthy periods after they have served their time could risk radicalising a section of the community who see the measure as unjust.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan claims that control orders have proved effective in preventing terrorist attacks in Australia.
Preventive measures such as control orders should not be extended in the absence of evidence for their need or without safeguards.
The government’s new national security bill proposes to expand the secrecy provisions available to courts in control order proceedings.
The bill does not adequately balance the right of someone subjected to a control order to a fair trial and to know the case against them.
The government is set to extend control orders to children as young as 14.
A control order is only useful where the police have sufficient intelligence about a person’s activity to apply for an order.
The new laws would make it easier for authorities to prevent people fighting in foreign conflicts, as happened to this man arrested in December for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria.
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