LNP gives police new powers for 'major events'
NOVEMBER'S G20 may act as a trial run for the Commonwealth Games and other designated 'major events' held across the state under new legislation introduced into Parliament.
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, introduced the Major Events Bill without fanfare on Tuesday Morning. In her speech, Ms Stuckey said the legislation would send "a clear message that Queensland recognises the value of major events and that we are the pre-eminent destination for major events".
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But it also boosts police powers to remove and search attendees at major events, while also empowering others, such as public servants, private contractors and "appropriately trained volunteers" with some of the same powers, a measure currently part of the Police Powers and Responsibilities and Motor Racing Events acts.
"This approach allows for flexibility in enforcement options for a major event, and helps free up valuable police resources for where they are needed most - with authorised persons able to perform duties such as bag checks or directing persons within a major event area," the explanatory notes attached to the legislation read.
"The bill includes some safeguards. For example, only a police officer can use reasonable force."