The federal government will this week introduce legislation to extend anti-terrorist control orders to 14-year-olds and to provide for indefinite detention of high-risk offenders.
The Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, announced the proposals at a media conference in Brisbane this morning.
Control orders currently have a minimum age threshold of 16 years. The government plans to lower this to 14 years.
It also plans to introduce a uniform nationwide regime of post-sentence detention for high-risk offenders who remain unreformed after completing their sentence. Brandis said the proposal provides for the Attorney-General to apply to a state Supreme Court for a post-sentence order. Such an order could include an indefinite period of detention. [Read more…]