Updated March 11, 2018 12:04:00 A new law in Queensland has been slammed by an international lawyer as a violation of free speech.
Key points:An international lawyer says Queensland is “not a safe state” for lawyers and judgesKey pointsA lawyer for the family of an Australian journalist who was killed in a bus accident in 2018 says he was told by an officer he was under investigation by police.
The law states “in the course of investigation” a judge will not confirm the identity of the alleged bribe-taker.
The Queensland Police Association said the law was not aimed at the families of the murdered journalist and that the Queensland Government would review it in light of its findings.
Lawyer, human rights lawyer and former police officer Chris Macdonald said the Queensland Police’s statement “cannot be taken literally” and was “not based on the facts”.
“It is based on a single allegation,” he said.
“This is a very, very serious allegation.”
It could lead to prosecution, and it could lead a criminal investigation.
“He said it was “a real shame” that the Law Commission had found the law “is not based on evidence or fact”.”
If it was, they would have recommended it and the Government would have said no,” Mr Macdonald told the ABC.”
But it’s not based upon evidence or facts.
“It’s based on hearsay, hearsay and hearsay.”
A spokeswoman for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government was reviewing the law, which was introduced in January, and would consider any changes.
“We have been made aware of a number of issues raised by a number the Law Council of Queensland have raised with us and we will take a careful look at any new law that is introduced,” she said.
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