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Ricketts, A 2004, 'Police powers in the premier state, or the premiers police state', Southern Cross University Law Review, vol. 8., pp. 177-189.

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Examination of the increase in police powers in NSW over the past decade - is NSW becoming a 'police state - analysis of existing NSW legislation which is of most concern from a civil libertarian perspective - assessment of the extent to which fundamental rights are being routinely compromised - concludes that the NSW Parliament routinely enacts legislation that reverses fundamental common law principles, contradicts international standards and falls well short of the legislative standards of neighbouring jurisdictions.