Arbitrary Arrest

The bill will allow the arrest of anyone who is, on “reasonable grounds”, suspected by an immigration officer or a member of the police to constitute a threat or risk to security.

While current law allows police to arrest on suspicion, it must be suspicion of having committed a particular offence. Removing that and replacing it with a vaguely-defined criteria of being a “risk to security” is simply asking for police and immigration officers to enforce their prejudices rather than the law.


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