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Australia: New detention laws labelled 'disgraceful' attack on human rights

09 June 2016
Australia: New detention laws labelled 'disgraceful' attack on human rights

Lawyers have hit out at new laws allowing prosecutors to keep Canberrans in jail for three business days even after a court has granted them bail. The new laws have been described as a "disgraceful" attack on human rights, and an unnecessary and "draconian" reform, The Canberra Times reported on 9 June. 

Attorney-General Simon Corbell introduced the changes on Thursday, designed to allow prosecutors to keep offenders in custody when they disagree with a magistrate’s decision to release them on bail.

The laws apply only to family violence offenders and serious offenders. Prosecutors, if they believe that exceptional circumstances exist to keep the offender behind bars, can apply to a court for a review of a decision granting bail. The offender can then be held for 72 business hours or until it comes before the ACT Supreme Court for review.

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