What is a "State of Emergency"?

In New South Wales, a state of emergency has been formally declared - and announced as the headline on at least 15 different news websites. But what is a State of Emergency? When declared by the government, this is a suite of special powers given to the Police Minister to override certain laws in emergency situations; these powers can then be delegated to certain officers in rescue/emergency organisations, such as the Rural Fire Service, SES, Police, ambulance and the like. The most drastic of the powers include: - that directions they give to government departments, agencies and bodies override almost all other laws during the emergency; - the power to forcibly require people to evacuate wh

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