In Australia, police have the power to search the public, but this power is limited. Under Australian law, police can only search in the following three situations:
- You consent to the search.
- The police have a search warrant.
- The police have reasonable grounds to suspect that you are carrying drugs.
If the police ask to search your body without any reasonable grounds, you have the right to refuse. However, if you refuse, the police may take more aggressive search measures, or even arrest you.
Therefore, if you encounter a situation where the police ask to search you, you should stay calm and politely refuse. You can also ask the police to produce a search warrant. If the police do not have a search warrant, you have the right to ask them to explain why they suspect that you are carrying drugs.
Here is a specific example:
Suppose you are on a train, and a police officer walks up to you and says, “I need to search your body because I suspect that you may be carrying drugs.”
However, if the police have a drug dog with them, and the dog barks at you, the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that you are carrying drugs, and they can search you.
In conclusion, if you are asked to be searched by the police, remember to stay calm, politely refuse, and request the police to produce a search warrant or provide a reasonable search reason if necessary.
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