Prepare to be Parkinised.
For the next 10 years, the Australian government now reserves the right to quash dissent by deporting you for no reason at all or by jailing you for 14 days while under no obligation to tell anyone about it, including your family. Neither can you tell anyone you have been jailed, nor do you have a right to contact legal counsel. There is no reasonable check against this freewheeling government power to detain.
What do you think the government wants to do while they habeas your corpus incommunicado for two weeks? It ain’t to play tiddly-winks, that’s for sure.
I’m waiting for the next step- redefining Australian citizenship which has been acquired by naturalisation. Since 1958, Australian citizenship acquired by naturalisation has been equivalent to that acquired by descent from at least one parent who is a citizen. At present, only if the naturalised citizen committed fraud in the course of the application can that citizenship be revoked. I’m anticipating HoWARd will put some new caveats in place to be more easily able to remove ‘threats to national security,’ like peaceniks and civil rights activists.
If you are presently a permanent resident of Australia, you are well warned to keep out of protest marches or other forms of peaceful civil disobedience. Your liberty or your ability to continue to live in Australia is in grave danger if you don’t shut your yap.
Chalk one up for the terrorists. Osama is surely howling with laughter in his cave.
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