This bill would provide 'authorised officers' with unprecedented, extraordinary powers and rely too heavily on a punitive approach, with too few checks and balances.
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics
An extension of Victoria's state of emergency may well be justified – but there is no call for that to be for 12 months without returning to parliament to argue the case.
A state of disaster confers more power on the minister for police and emergency services to ensure compliance with the laws put in place to defeat the pandemic. It plays a powerful symbolic role, too.
Alberta has modified its environmental rules, becoming the first to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadians are living under a states of emergency, coping with a limping economy and social distancing as well as the stress of the pandemic itself. Many might be asking: when will it end?
Instead of seeking to protect our health and stop the coronavirus epidemic by instituting totalitarian surveillance regimes, we should rather focus on empowering citizens.
History is full of examples of despots making use of emergency powers to manipulate citizens, which is why states must act responsibly in times of crisis.
The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
As New Zealand enters a four-week lockdown, some business leaders will get their workers through better than others. Five key principles can make all the difference.
An expert explains how your individual rights could be affected during the coronavirus crisis.
If the climate is in peril, why has the federal government approved a pipeline that will ship close to 600,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to British Columbia?
France has been living under a a state of emergency for nearly two years. The president now wants to make some of its most controversial elements permanent law.
Zambia's president is securing powers to consolidate his political control while generating 'plausible deniability' to whether or not he has fatally undermined democracy.
More than 788 health facilities have been destroyed in parts of North-Eastern Nigeria captured by Boko Haram insurgents, crippling health services in the area.
Emergency laws can sometimes be the biggest threat to a state and its people.