'You're Not Welcome Here': Police Move-On Powers and Discrimination Law

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Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland

Monica Taylor

University of Queensland - UQ Pro Bono Centre

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Police move-on powers exist in most Australian States and Territories. They enable police to issue a direction to individuals and groups to move away from a certain public place for a certain period of time, in circumstances where they are about to commit an offence, are creating an obstruction, or are causing 'anxiety' to those around them. These powers are generally justified by police and government as being necessary to enable public spaces to be 'enjoyed peacefully by everyone' and to act as an alternative to arrest in circumstances where the situation could be effectively diffused without charges being laid.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Walsh, Tamara and Taylor, Monica, 'You're Not Welcome Here': Police Move-On Powers and Discrimination Law (2007). University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, p. 151-173, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2610473

Tamara Walsh (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Monica Taylor

University of Queensland - UQ Pro Bono Centre ( email )

Forgan Smith Building, Level 1
St Lucia Campus
Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

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