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Police checks for council hopefuls?

August 28, 2014

I can see no reason for opposing what some see as a sinister move.. a call for .police checks for would-be local government councillors.

As a Justice of the Peace, and a member of the panel of JPs who provide a witnessing and signing service five days a week at the Unley Civic Centre, I underwent a check several years ago. The only thing I found strange was that I had been in the job for more than 20 years, and innocently wondered what would happen if they had found something murky in my past. What would have been the impact o n the hundreds or thousands of items I had certified?

No, it’s not an invasion of privacy. It’s a very sensible move to safeguard people.


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