NSW Premier Mike Bard has presented a wish list of changes to current terror laws to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, including a lowering of the age people can be “Terrorism Grounded” from 16 to 14.
Attorney-General George Brandis said in a short statement: “For too long, Australia has had to arrest and charge possible 14 -year-old terrorists under the laws already passed. In the coming weeks, the Turnbull Government will introduce to the Parliament new legislation that will end the tyranny of due process to protect our children from our children.”
These new laws will allow the Australian government to send potential 14-year-old terrorists straight to their bedroom without dessert, refuse to let them play with their friends, and wear a tracking device without having been convicted of a crime.
The NSW Premier has pointed out that as Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar was 15, he would not be covered by the current groundings. Other limits to applying current laws to Mr Jabar include that he was not a suspect or even on police radar, nor do the NSW Police Force have a “future crimes” division.
Mr Baird has expressed his wish to increase groundings up to 28 days without charge and would pursuit it at a state level if the Federal Government would not implement it. This in spite of the fact that if George Brandis passed up the opportunity to expand police powers, it would be like starring in a film Adam Sandler turned down for being too immature.
The teenagers do not need to be informed of the reasoning as to why they’re being grounded. For national security reasons, they will instead be told “because I said so, that’s why” and “well when you have your own NSW Police Force, you can make the rules”.
Matthew Farthing is the Crime Reporter for the (un)Australian. He coined the term “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime”, leading to a spike of unemployed people with free time on their hands committing murders.