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Campbell Newman promises $22 million boost for police and surveillance in Queensland

Campbell Newman said the proposals were motivated primarily by the ‘day-to-day fight against organised crime’. Photo: Courier Mail Campbell Newman’s government has made a renewed pitch on law and order in the Queensland election, promising to roll out more surveillance of organised crime and terrorism suspects, more “rapid action” squads and to provide tablet computers

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Ordinary citizens at risk of mass arrests during G20, says civil liberties group

Police training before G20 finance ministers summit in Cairns. Photograph: The Courier Mail Ordinary citizens and peaceful protesters who do not understand the depth of special police powers during the G20 summit in Brisbane risk being caught up in mass arrests, the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (QCCL) has warned. Police will have unusual powers,

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New anti-terror law allows ASIO to torture

“Senator Brandis has proven as adept at selling the government’s law-and-order messages as Treasurer Joe Hockey has been at crafting and selling a tough federal budget.” Photo: Glenn Hunt It is not clear why the Attorney-General, George Brandis, believes it is necessary for the Australian government to have the latitude to resort to torture, but

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Tasmanian anti-protest bill contravenes Australia’s human rights obligations – UN

Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré A group of independent United Nations experts have urged lawmakers in Tasmania to refrain from adopting legislation against protests that disrupt businesses, saying the proposed bill would contravene Australia’s human rights obligations. Among other things, the experts

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