Law reform and public affairs
The Bar Association and the Law Society of NSW have issued a joint media release urging the New South Wales Parliament not to pass a new terrorism bill in haste. The Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017 would, among other things, enable the commissioner of police to declare an incident a terrorist act, authorising the use of force (including lethal force) by police. "We urge the Government to allow proper consideration of the Bill to ensure that it does not contain any unintended consequences and in fact meets the objectives it purports to be directed at achieving", the presidents said. View the media release here.