‘Prolonging SOEs Could be Dangerous’, says Barnett


Constitutional lawyer, Dr Lloyd Barnett, says prolonging the States of Public Emergency for months, could be dangerous.

His comments come as there’s controversy over the Opposition’s reluctance to support a further extension of the 3 states of emergency.

Dr Barnett says already the security forces are detaining people illegally.

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He contends that the enhanced security measures have resulted in a significant reduction in murders.

But Dr Barnett says those results are due to the increased security presence and not the detention of thousands of people. He says what’s needed is an explanation as to why it’s necessary to extend the enhanced security measures.

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