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Those who would sacrifice essential liberties…

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At last, someone in the mainstream media has noted the lack of protest around the state government’s new “emergency” police powers. Whilst there was eventually some debate about the Federal government’s anti-terror legislation, the NSW laws passed with scarcely a murmur of protest. In fact, the NSW opposition was claiming that the new laws weren’t tough enough on these “urban terrorists“.

The new laws give police wide ranging powers including the ability to lock down suburbs, set-up road blocks, search cars (and mobile phones) at will and confiscate them for up to 48 hours. According to David Marr’s article in today’s SMH , police were travelling buses to Coogee on the weekend, randomly asking to check SMS messages on peoples mobile phones.

Locking down suburbs so only selected people can enter them? Inspecting and confiscating mobiles phones at will?

Surely I’m not the only one alarmed by how willingly my fellow citizens have given away more freedoms.

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Written by Admin

December 19, 2005 at 7:49 am

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