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Clash over “dangerous” proposed anti-association law

Tom Elliott has clashed with a human rights advocate over a proposed law that will give police powers to ban convicted criminals as young as 14 from associating with each other.

Ruth Barson, a director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, told Tom they were “senseless” laws.

“These rules are really dangerous and belong in a police state,” she said.

“What they do is turn every day behaviour into a criminal offence.”

However, the 3AW Drive host says keeping criminals away from each other is a good thing.

“I don’t know how you’d enforce this, but I do agree with the sentiment of this bill,” he said.

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