On 7 June 2018, a Department of Justice Review into the Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002 (NSW) (‘the Act’) was released. Thefound that targeted powers to combat terrorism should continue to remain in place. However the review indicated that new safeguards to ensure legal protections for detainees would be added later in the year.
The review was conducted on behalf of the Attorney-General by the NSW Department of Justice, in accordance of section 36 of the Act, which requires that a statutory review of the Act be undertaken every three years. The review involved a public round of consultation in addition to targeted consultation. As noted in the Review, the aim of the Review is to ensure that the legislative framework appropriately meets the Act’s objectives in the context of the increasing tendency of minors to turn to extremism.
The following recommendations were outlined in the review:
Attorney -General Mark Speakman stated in athat police should have the legal authority to act swiftly and effectively:
He further stated:
The New South Wales Council for Civil Libertieson its website, noting its opinion and concern that the recommendations do not sufficiently address the issue of civil liberties. However the Council welcomed some of the recommendations such as the recommendation that detainees be informed of their rights in law and empower the Supreme Court to allow access to legal aid.
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