2014 G-20 Summit To Be Held In Brisbane Queensland, Outrageous Draconian Laws Being Proposed/Passed To Crack Down On Dissent
Sat, 19/10/2013 - 17:35 — smashdracs
The 2014 G-20 Australia summit will be the ninth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. It will be held in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, on 15-16 November 2014 The hosting venue will be the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Up to 4,000 delegates are expected to attend with around 2,500 media representatives. The Prime Minister of Australia at the time of the 2011 G-20 Cannes summit, Julia Gillard, was asked to have Australia host the 2014 summit. Brisbane was selected over Sydney because the city was better equipped to cater for a significant increase in plane arrivals and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will be undertaking renovations at the time.
The event will involve a complex security operation. Event organisers will need to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect visitors, while minimising disruptions to inner-city residents and businesses. Roads between the central business district and the Brisbane Airport will be temporarily closed. Around 1,500 security specialists including interstate and overseas personnel together with thousands of Queensland police will make patrols. All public transport services traveling close to event venues will be cancelled.
A secure, government wireless network is required for public safety communications during the summit. Telstra will establish the network in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Cairns before the event and later continue rolling it out across South East Queensland.
G20 finance ministers and central bank governors will meet several times in 2014. Sydney will host a meeting on 21-23 February followed by a meeting in Cairns, Queensland in September 2014.
Canberra will host a meeting for G20 finance and central bank deputies in 2014.
The above information was sourced from Wikipedia.
Queensland G20 Bill: Sweeping new police powers threaten human rights: Proposed legislation for the G20 in Queensland would infringe fundamental human rights and stifle legitimate protest, the Human Rights Law Centre has told the Queensland Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.
The G20 (Safety and Security) Bill 2013 , which is to be debated by the end of October, creates a special security area, covering a large part of central Brisbane including thousands of homes and businesses.
The HRLC’s Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser, said the Bill gives police extraordinary powers in this area to stop and search people, vehicles and certain premises, confiscate items, ban and exclude people and detain people charged with minor offences, without adequate safeguards.
“Ensuring safety and security around the G20 is a legitimate purpose, but this Bill gets the balance completely wrong,” said Mr de Kretser.
Mr de Kretser said the G20 event will showcase Queensland and Australia to the world and that legislation around the event should promote and protect fundamental human rights, not undermine them.
“This Bill sends the wrong message about Australian democracy. Poor drafting of the Bill creates real risks that legitimate peaceful protest will be suppressed and criminalised. It transfers too much discretion to police on the ground, increasing the likelihood that the broad powers will be used in an arbitrary and discriminatory way against both protestors and passers-by,” said Mr de Kretser.
The Bill, if passed, would allow Police to stop and search any person within the security area for any reason without the usual safeguard of requiring reasonable suspicion.
“In essence, the Bill legalises unreasonable searches,” said Mr de Kretser.
The Bill also creates a presumption against bail for certain offences, including “disrupting” the G20, and if stopped by police, requires individuals to prove why their perfectly ordinary behaviour, such as walking through Brisbane or carrying everyday household items, is lawful.
It gets worse, a friend has just pointed out to me that a large chunk of this proposed G-20 law has already been passed by stealth under the guise of the anti-biker gang law.
Queensland's 'war' on bikie gangs goes too far: The Newman Government's proposed bikie laws (Since passed into state legislation) shred the rule of law. It's dangerous stuff but the question that must concern us all is, why stop at bikie gangs? writes Greg Barns.
The Liberal National Party government of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman yesterday introduced new laws as part of its 'war' on bikie gangs that might make even Russian president and renowned authoritarian Vladimir Putin blush.
And because the Newman government dominates the state's Legislative Assembly, and there is no upper house to scrutinise proposed laws, the dark image of Queensland as a repressive state, engendered by the excesses of the government of Joh Bjelke Petersen 40 years ago, is well and truly alive again. READ MORE: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-16/barns-queensland-bikie-laws/5025742
http://tottnews.com Forum held in Brisbane to address 2014 G20 summit, police powers
A public forum entitled G20: dissent, police powers and international reviews of security implementation was held yesterday as part of a collaborative project between the Griffith Law School, the Caxton Legal Centre, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland, to discuss whether vastly expanded police powers contained within the ‘G20 Safety and Security Bill’ (now before Parliament) are necessary.
Speakers at the George Street forum:
Superintendent Graham Coleman, Program Director of the Queensland Police Service G20 Group
Dr. Tim Legrand, Research Fellow at Griffith University’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Dan Rogers, Secretary of the Caxton Community Legal Centre and a specialist in criminal defence and administrative law
G20 ‘DRACONIAN’ POLICE POWERS
As leaders from across the globe will descend upon Brisbane on November 15-16, 2014, Queensland Police have already began preparation in advance to devise ways of combating violence demonstrated at previous G20 summits in London and Toronto. With more than 4,000 international delegates and 3,000 media representatives estimated to arrive in Brisbane for the summit, the potential influx of approximately 5,000 or more protesters has influenced the introduction of new laws ahead of the event.
Following the announcement of over 7,000 security troops (+ personal reinforcements allowed for each leader), the Queensland Police Service declared ‘Surveillance Drones to combat crime‘ ahead of the conference – allowing for $30 per hour drones to monitor the Brisbane skies as a means of crime prevention ahead of the Convention Centre forum. Members of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties voiced their concerns over ‘Big Brother in the sky’ and the unjustified approach to monitoring criminal activity.
As further increase of powers, the introduction of the G20 (Safety and Security) Bill 2013 into Queensland Parliament has allowed for the approval of strip searches under 3 divided categories – Basic search (Clause 20), Frisk search (Clause 21) and Specific search (Clause 23).
A ‘Basic search’ describes the “non-intrusive” approach to searching a suspected individual during the G20 summit. An officer is allowed to search “…using electronic screening devices, an inspection of a person’s belongings and/or walking an explosives detection dog past a person. A basic search is similar to searches routinely conducted at airport security checkpoints.”
A ‘Frisk search’ is essentially a standard pat down and routine search of items, whilst a ‘Specific search’ is what has caused an uproar amongst various civil liberty groups within Queensland. The new legislation details the methods of this search as:
A specific search is a search of all clothing worn by a person, a strip search of a person and/or a medical x-ray of the person.
This is only one of many controversial police powers included in the G20 (Safety and Security) Bill 2013, as Clause 31 of the proposed Bill describes police powers when confronting a vehicle within the restricted area:
The clause provides for the powers of a police officer or appointed person to stop and search a vehicle for a restricted area or motorcade area. This includes powers to detain the vehicle and the person in charge of the vehicle, move or require the person in charge of the vehicle to move the vehicle, search anything in or on the vehicle, open or require the person in charge of the vehicle to open a part of the vehicle or any thing in the vehicle and undertake an electronic inspection or search of the vehicle. It also includes a power to place a seal, lock or other similar device on the vehicle to prevent a person opening a section of the vehicle or indicate that a person has opened a section of the vehicle.
Clause 38 also details the requirement of identification details and detainment for those who refuse under the new laws:
A police officer has the power to stop a person and require the person to disclose the person’s personal details if a police officer reasonably suspects the person has committed, or is about to commit, an offence that is intended to, or may, disrupt a G20 event or is posing or may pose a serious threat to the security of a G20 event. This power can therefore be exercised by a police officer outside a security area. The person can be detained for as long as is reasonably necessary for the purposes of the clause.
Peter Shields from the Queensland Law Society says the proposed changes are drastic and a breach of basic rights.
“It is a bill which has not been properly thought through, and there are going to be innocent members of the public who will find themselves in custody,” he said.
Criminal lawyer Bill Potts says for the period of the summit, the normal rights that citizens expect will be “suspended and abrogated in the most draconian way”.
The forum in Brisbane was introduced by Professor Bill McNeil from Griffith University Law School, and the discussion lasted over an hour in length. Superintendent Graham Coleman addressed the crowd first, and followed a routine police script ensuring that all powers are necessary and justified under the new laws.
Following the speech, Dr. Tim Legrand stressed the importance of reducing the potential of violent situations, stating; “They have to use their powers proportionally and lawfully and remember that they will be held accountable for everything they do. Police also have to distance themselves from protesters to reduce friction and diminish flashpoints.”
There was also substantial discussion on innovative ideas, including the implementation of independent legal observers to hold police forces accountable for their actions, and to appropriately assist any persons feeling that the police powers used against them were unjustified and a severe breach of personal rights.
MORE HERE: http://tottnews.com/2013/09/27/forum-held-in-brisbane-to-address-2014-g2...