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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Greens challenge Police Minister to public debate on proposed Big Brother Laws

SMH Story

Media Release - 29 March 2012

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge is challenging The NSW Police Minister to an open public debate on his proposal to have a national police DNA profile taken of all newborn babies.

"The Minister has said he wants a debate on these Big Brother laws. Well, let's get started," Mr Shoebridge said.

"Today I have sent the Minister correspondence openly challenging him to a public debate on the DNA profiling laws. If he has the courage of his convictions he will promptly accept the offer.

"It is not surprising that the Police would like to have a DNA profile of every newborn, to allow for the endless screening of every citizen whenever a crime is committed.

"It is surprising that these intrusive Big Brother laws, which treat every newborn as a criminal in-waiting, have the support of the NSW government.

"These are the style of laws that have a happy home in Police states or one party dictatorships.  They have no place in an open and democratic society that respects liberty, freedom and privacy.

"Once police have access to a DNA database, then it changes citizens' relationships with the criminal justice system.  If everyone's DNA profile is subject to constant screening, then it is effectively saying we are all potentially guilty until proven innocent.

"Currently police need some form of reasonable suspicion before they can access a person's DNA or personal material.  This proposal would turn that safeguard on its head and allow everyone's DNA to be constantly screened for potential criminal activity.

"Perhaps the Police Minister spent the weekend watching science fiction films like Gattaca and has just floated a dystopian thought bubble into his office.

"If this is just a thought bubble from the Police Minister, then it needs to be popped, and a public debate is the best place to do that," Mr Shoebridge said.

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