Police get secret search powers and you won’t even know

Aussie is going the way of our big Anglo-Saxon brother the USA,What do you reckon are our chances for this to happen here?

NEW South Wales Police are to be given covert search warrants, allowing them to search a property without informing the owners for up to three years.

The warrants will be issued through the Supreme Court and limited to investigations of suspected serious offences punishable by at least seven years jail.

These offences include the manufacture of drugs, computer crimes (That is sort of all of us who download the odd song or software), the sale of firearms, homicide and kidnapping.

Premier Nathan Rees said NSW would be the first jurisdiction in Australia to adopt the covert search warrants, and would be borrowing from Commonwealth anti-terrorism legislation.

“If you are a serious criminal in NSW you should not sleep easy,” Mr Rees said. (This of course should read if you are a suspected criminal)

“These laws will enable our police force to inspect your home without you knowing.”

The new powers will allow for the owners of the covertly searched property to be kept in the dark for up to six months.

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