Stop strip-searching children without court approval in Tasmania
  • Petitioned David O'Byrne

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Tasmania Police Minister
David O'Byrne

Stop strip-searching children without court approval in Tasmania

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      Australian Lawyers Alliance

In January of this year, Tasmania Police conducted a drug raid in a suburban house in Hobart.

During the raid, the police strip searched a 12 year old girl. For reasons that have not been explained, they then proceeded to strip-search the girl a second time.

Strip searches are incredibly traumatic, invasive and humiliating by their nature. But disturbingly, the police review found that there was no unlawful action on the part of the officers.

In Tasmania, current laws allow police to strip search children at their discretion. Nothing requires them to seek an order from a court, and there is no limit on the circumstances where such invasive methods can be used.

The law is a breach of children’s fundamental rights.

We urge the Tasmanian Government to make changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act in Tasmania, so that the strip-searching of a child between the ages of 10 and 18 can only be carried out if police have secured a court order, and if the circumstances are so grave that no less intrusive alternative is available.

This situation is unacceptable. Please sign and help ensure that children are protected from traumatic and humiliating strip searches in all but the most extreme cases.

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    • Phillipa Watson HILLMAN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is disgusting and needs to be stopped. Police should be watching over, and protecting children and youth, not treating them as criminals

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    • John Claiborne NEWTON, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      fuck the child molesting police

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    • Karen Berg NAMBOUR, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      What next.. like the 10yo girl in America who was tazered by police, because she wouldn't take a shower.. God only knows maybe she wouldn't because she would be watched??? 10 yrs old for goodness sake..these kinds of abuses MUST STOP..it IS WRONG

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    • Judith Lello WARATAH, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Tasmania has prove time and again it is lagging way behind the world in Childrens Rights and their safety.

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    • Paula bolton MUSWELLBROOK, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      this is grossly wrong no one should have the right to do this to a child under these circumstances they need permission to do this...

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