Former Australian diplomat Tony Kevin


Kim Beazley’s
proposal to “toughen” the government’s security legislation by “locking
down” whole neighbourhoods at times of suspected terrorist threat is at
best foolish and at worst dangerously racist. Presumably he is talking
about “locking down” predominantly Muslim neighbourhoods in suburbs
like Kogarah or Coburg.

We’ve been here before. It was what the
Nazis did in the Kracow and Warsaw ghettos in WW2 – they locked them
down too, for claimed security reasons. It was the first step towards
the death camps.

Who on earth is advising Beazley on these matters? He’s an educated man. Shame on him.

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