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Australian Police to Have More Power at Nation’s Airports

Laws giving police more powers to demand identity checks at Australian airports have passed in parliament.

The new laws allow officers to carry out identity checks if they suspect on “reasonable grounds” it would safeguard public order or prevent an offense occurring. Officers can also direct a person to leave an airport, or not take a flight, for up to 24 hours.

The legislation was passed after being sent back to the Australian Senate to remove a sunset clause added by a minor party senator.

Read more at 7 News

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