The organisation Exit International has raised concerns about police “night time raids” on elderly members, including in retirement villages in the Tweed region.

 

Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

 

“It’s hard to imagine something more disproportionate than night time raids on retirement villages to find elderly people who are in extreme pain or suffering who might be contemplating ending their lives.

 

“If the police have real reasons to suspect breaches of the law they can attend properties in daytime, with appropriate warrants to make their inquiries.

 

“As a society we are becoming more aware of elder abuse, and it is concerning that police resources have been used to raid a retirement village.

 

“In the absence of an offence, police are skating perilously close to declaring membership of this organisation a thought crime.

 

“Police wellness checks should not be used to advance political ends as appears to be the case here.

 

“We are calling on the Police Commissioner to urgently review any and all NSW Police involvement in these events,” Mr Shoebridge said.