Police push for counter terrorism bill to be renewed

QUEENSLAND Police have likened terrorists trying to recruit young people over the internet to sex offenders grooming children online.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told politicians at a public briefing about a counter-terrorism amendment bill that social media was difficult for police to combat.

But he said police were working with intelligence agencies.

Dep Comm Barnett is pushing for the act to be renewed and extended so as to allow police to detain people for up to 14 days to prevent an imminent terrorist attack or for preserving evidence following a recent terrorist attack.

The act will expire at midnight on December 16.

When it was implemented in 2005 Premier Peter Beattie said he hoped the laws would not be needed in 10 years.

Dep Comm Barnett said the measures had not yet been used.

"It's better have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them," he said.

The committee of MPs reviewing the bill was told those detained could take action in the Supreme Court over their arrest.

Dep Comm Barnett said staff had been given "fresh advice" about their safety following the shooting of a New South Wales police civilian employee in Parramatta on Friday.

The 15-year-old who shot the man was reportedly a radicalised youth.

The committee will report to parliament about the bill by November 2.

- APN NEWSDESK



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