SARC must hold open inquiry and Andrews’ Omnibus Bill

Daniel Andrews’ COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020 clearly infringes rights and liberties, stripping away established protections through watered down rules on the designation of “authorised officers”.

These new authorised officers will have wide and largely unchecked powers of arrest and detention under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

Respected lawyers and former judges have expressed concern about the Bill’s untrammelled powers.

The Bar Council has expressed concerns about the Omnibus Bill.

I have written to the Chair of the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee demanding the Committee hold public hearings and a full inquiry in the two weeks that remain before the Bill is dealt with in the Upper House.

Labor forced it through the Lower House without the views of SARC or indeed any proper examination of the Bill’s serious infringements of rights and privileges.

David Davis MP

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council

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