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NSW Premier rejects ‘police state’ expansion of emergency pandemic powers

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The NSW Premier has responded to concerns pandemic legislation could be extended into 2023.

Emergency health orders implemented in response to COVID-19 giving police extraordinary powers are due to expire in March, but Health Minister Brad Hazzard has proposed an extension by introduced to parliament.

Premier Dominic Perrottet assured Jim Wilson only the “absolutely necessary” provisions continue beyond 2022.

“I don’t want to live in a police state.

“I’ll go through this over summer line by line, and work with … the Health Minister in relation to which ones we think are appropriate to keep in place.

“If we have certain challenges as we go into 2022, [and] we need to make some changes to that, then we shouldn’t be afraid to do that.

“I will never do anything that I don’t believe ensures the health and safety of every single person across the state.”

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