ASIO’s detention powers a ‘step too far’-NewsCO

February 8, 2017

The federal government is being urged to abolish counter-terrorism powers that allow Australia’s intelligence agency to detain and coercively question people.

While ASIO has never sought or used them, the country’s security law watchdog believes they are not proportionate to the threat of terrorism and unnecessary.

“It is time to accept that the capacity to secretly and immediately detain persons whether or not they are implicated in terrorism is a step too far,” former judge Roger Gyles QC said in the latest Independent National Security Legislation Monitor report, tabled in parliament on Wednesday.

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