Fears for kids in anti-ter­ror law pro­posal

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS -

UNICEF has voiced con­cern at pro­pos­als that could see chil­dren held for two weeks with­out charge un­der new Aus­tralian ter­ror leg­is­la­tion.

Jus­tice min­is­ter Michael Keenan said mea­sures were needed as Is­lamic State “spe­cialises in re­cruit­ing chil­dren”.

But the rights or­gan­i­sa­tion in­sist a “clear dis­tinc­tion” is nec­es­sary be­tween kids and adults.

UNICEF’S Jennifer Tier­ney said it risks the “ar­bi­trary de­ten­tion” of chil­dren.

In­creased se­cu­rity has been set up at Syd­ney Opera House af­ter a re­cent series of ve­hi­cle-ram­ming at­tacks.

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