Wednesday, September 28, 2011


The Justice and Electoral Committee has called for submissions on the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 28 September 2011, and can be made through the online form here.

This is an important bill and I encourage everyone to have their say on it. It interferes directly in ongoing criminal trials to the benefit of the prosecution by retroactively legalising unlawful police behaviour. It also gives police a blank cheque to conduct video surveillance without proper judicial oversight for the next year. These are not things which should be happening in a democratic society under the rule of law.

If you're not sure how to make a submissions, there's an online guide here [PDF]. If you're not sure what to say, there's plenty of good material from Dean Knight and Andrew Geddis.