Police move-on powers exist in most Australian States and Territories. They enable police to issue a direction to individuals and groups to move away from a certain public place for a certain period of time, in circumstances where they are about to commit an offence, are creating an obstruction, or are causing ‘anxiety’ to those around them. These powers are generally justified by police and government as being necessary to enable public spaces to be ‘enjoyed peacefully by everyone’ and to act as an alternative to arrest in circumstances where the situation could be effectively diffused without charges being laid.



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