Queensland Police have been given heightened power by the State Government in a move designed to safeguard the public at the Commonwealth Games against any potential terrorist threats.
The Government yesterday passed new laws that will allow public spaces and transport hubs where masses of people gather at the Games to be declared as “protective security zones”.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said: “The new powers only relate to Games related public spaces, access routes to venues and transport hubs and links – and will see police able to stop, check and search people and vehicles without a warrant.
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“They will allow police to act quickly to deter and disrupt any potential threat in areas of mass gathering and transport,” the Minister said.
Queensland’s Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the extra police powers were only for the Commonwealth Games, and would apply for the full duration of the event.
“Our priority is keeping the public safe. These powers promote public safety in public places; they do not create new offences or impact rights such as the right to peaceful assembly,” Commissioner Stewart said.