Lawyers back new terror powers

THE Queensland Law Society says our state will be safer once police have more power to deal with terrorism and large-scale emergencies.

Strengthened terror laws have been designed to bring Queensland in line with the rest of Australia.

The laws make it illegal to refuse to provide information to police, and it will also be illegal to provide false or misleading information.

Police will also have more power to search and seize vehicles in declared emergency areas.

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts said his organisation hoped to consult with the government further on the new laws.

"I am pleased to see them provided with the ability to assist the community best in an emergency situation," Mr Potts said.

"These new laws will assist in keeping Queenslanders safe, while also ensuring that the rights of our community members remain intact." - ARM NEWSDESK

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