NEW PO­LICE POW­ERS TO RE­SPOND TO TER­ROR­ISM

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

We have in­tro­duced a Bill which is about keep­ing Queens­lan­ders safe in a chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment where the threat of ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism is a risk we un­for­tu­nately have to face.

While we hope to not use th­ese pow­ers, it’s im­por­tant po­lice have the best leg­isla­tive tools to pro­tect the pub­lic in a ter­ror­ist sit­u­a­tion or other crit­i­cal in­ci­dent. It’s im­por­tant we do what­ever we can to min­imise harm.

This Bill will en­hance ter­ror­ist emer­gency pow­ers in­clud­ing the power to search an elec­tronic de­vice, re­quire pass­words and ac­cess in­for­ma­tion to fa­cil­i­tate the search, im­me­di­ately copy ev­i­dence found on the de­vices and use bio­met­ric in­for­ma­tion to rapidly es­tab­lish or con­firm a per­son’s iden­tity.

Mark Ryan, Po­lice Min­is­ter, Qld

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