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The stop of random designated searches in Victoria.

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The Australian police force in Victoria has issued random search power.

Allocating designated areas to randomly search civilians and their children in cars without cause of reasoning or suspicion and without issuing a warrant. Upon investigation 100 Victorian residents, 31% stated that they thought the police force was 'largely corrupted', 49% claimed 'moderate corruption' and 59% claimed 'moderate to substantial' in the state. According to the Australian Government Website "the Australian government is committed to protecting and promoting traditional rights and freedoms, including; freedom of speech, opinion, religion, association, and movement" this is not accurate if breaches by random searches.

According to the Australian Government Website "the Australian government is committed to protecting and promoting traditional rights and freedoms, including; freedom of speech, opinion, religion, association, and movement" this is not accurate if breaches by random searches.

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Changes in the weapons act (1990) Vic were introduced. The Victorian governments own equal oppitunity and human rights commision in a 2010 submission stated that this amendment whilst subject to significant community concern “was moved through the Parliament quickly with little time for even the experienced players in the community sector to consider its operation before being passed.”

This means that our police regardless of suspicion are allowed to search in planned and unplanned areas. Treating citizens like criminals without a requisite burden of proof. This breaches our human rights as Victorian citizens.

In Victoria the Human rights and responsibilities act (2006) which lists 20 fundamental human rights that the government claims to uphold is subject to corruption itself, allowing these officials to choose, somewhat arbitrarily, if the good outweighs the harm when laws are in conflict.

In 2017, Premier of Victoria. Daniel Andrews in June was reported saying this quote during a press conference “If curbing the rights of a small number of people is what is required to keep the Victorian community safe, then I won't hesitate to do it.”

Who decides the numbers that are considered small? who fits within these grounds? these are the problems we face with the future law. 5.761 million people live in Victoria Australia. what is considered small? five hundred thousand? one million?. Random searches are breaching the human rights of hundreds of thousands of good honest Australians.

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CHARTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT 2006 - SECT 13
Privacy and reputation

A person has the right—

       (a)     not to have his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence unlawfully or arbitrarily interfered with;

 

CHARTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT 2006 - SECT 17

Protection of families and children

  

(2)     Every child has the right, without discrimination, to such protection as is in his or her best interests and is needed by him or her by reason of being a child.

 

By passing these laws it is breaching our human rights, there is no significant data to show this is even sucessful in protecting the public. Our good people, our children, being randomly searched, this damages our way of life, if the government can simply ignore the laws they set for out society what rights to we really have?

if they are able to breach these, look the other way, then what else will our government do in the name of the corrupted law?

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