The atmosphere of moral panic over issues of crime and policing that pervades New South Wales (NSW);,:particularly in the lead up to state elections, has led to a steady increase in police powers for most of the last decade. In the past five years in particular there has been a noticeable acceleration in this trend, especially in relation to highly emotive campaigns such as “the war against drugs” and “the war against terror”.

Suggested Citation
Ricketts, A 2004, ‘Police powers in the premier state, or the premiers police state’, Southern Cross University Law Review, vol. 8.

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