Liberal spin doctors caught out creating useless laws

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The Liberal Government’s focus on media rather than good legislation has been exposed, with the revelation its controversial law abolishing the right to silence has never been used Shadow Attorney General Paul Lynch said today. 

Introduced in 2013, Section 89A of the Evidence Act stipulates an ‘unfavourable inference’ may be drawn against someone accused of a serious criminal offence if he or she remains silent under police questioning.

At the time, NSW Labor and legal experts slammed the change as a political stunt to appear tough on crime – confirmed by the fact the law has not once been used. 

“The Government’s laws to abolish the Right to Silence were always wrong in principle. It’s now clear they’ve been a complete joke in practice,” Mr Lynch said.

“The Liberal Government introduced laws that were never going to be applied. 

“Whilst I am glad this law hasn’t been applied, having opposed the change in the first place, it’s a clear example of this Government’s focus on a catchy media grab over the detail of the legislation.

“The right to silence is a key pillar of our legal system and should never have been tampered with – especially not for the sake of a few newspaper headlines.

“This is an unattractive mix of political opportunism and legislative incompetence.

“In pursuit of a bad principle, the Liberals have cluttered the Statute book with ineffective and useless laws.”