From today's news: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/stop-and-search-laws-face-set-back/story-e6frg13u-1225880394986
Stop-and-search laws face set back
THE State Government's plans to introduce stop-and-search laws in Western Australia have received another serious set back.
A parliamentary committee investigating the laws has asked for yet another extension to its reporting date.
The committee was supposed to release its findings this week but will now table its report in parliament on October 21 - eight months after its original March deadline.
The delays mean the Barnett Government's hopes of introducing the laws before spring are gone and there is now a possibility the legislation will not be considered this year.
Shadow Police Minister Margaret Quirk said she was not surprised that the committee had reservations about the bill.
"The legislation itself is not complicated, which means the delay could only be as a result of serious questions being asked of the fundamentals and justification for these draconian laws,'' Ms Quirk said.
"I commend those committee members who are ensuring that the legislation is getting the scrutiny it deserves and not just rubber stamping (Police Minister) Rob Johnson's bill.
It's good that this legislation has been delayed.
The idea of allowing the police to stop and search people WITHOUT cause is abhorrent to me.
Hopefully, it will be delayed so long that we can vote out the supporters of the bill before it is tabled in parliament.