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I came across this ACLU video regarding the rights of the citizen against unreasonable search in a vehicle, on foot or in the home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA



Didn't realise it at the time, but I've actually been tricked into consenting into a search or two. Most notably when it took an hour to empty all the wooly hats and gloves and books out of my jacket.

Did you know that in victoria we actually do have a bill of rights for the state?

I didn't, until now!

Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006

Maybe oneday we'll get a federal bill of rights so we won't have to memorise state by state.

bills of rights by state in australia
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~victorp/vphuman.htm

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nilsby
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
The cops where I live are really corrupt and tend to handle you based on what kind of person they think you are rather than whether you're actually doing anything or not. I've had my car searched without cause a few times, but its easier to just let them do it than risk the consequences. Of course, it would be different if I actually had anything illegal...
thekit
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that's the case.

I've found vicpol officers to be mostly professional and courteous. Which is odd, since I look like a pretty weird guy.

Here's something interesting... skimming through the victorian charter of rights 2006, it looks like I don't have protection against unreasonable search. I guess I'd better factor that into my travel time.
thekit
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I meant to say "professional and courteous to me".
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