Jan 22, 2014

Philip Nitschke: my airport detention, for reasons unexplained

Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke was detained and searched at Melbourne Airport yesterday and not told why. He writes for Crikey about the campaign against him.

In its 2010-11 annual report, then-Australian Customs CEO Michael Carmody explained the agency’s approach to conducting business reflected an “increasingly targeted approach”. Directing “our resources on high-risk people … as a part of the intelligence-led risk-based approach”, Carmody stated, is what Customs and border protection is all about. The “potential impacts”, he continued “[i]f we do not manage our responsibilities effectively … may negatively affect the Australian community”.

I couldn’t agree more.

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13 thoughts on “Philip Nitschke: my airport detention, for reasons unexplained

  1. The Hood

    Did anyone see Kevin Andrews at the airport at the time?

  2. thelorikeet

    Enlightening and properly scary. And maybe indicative of a pattern or trend as governments become increasingly intrusive and muscular in dealing with both dissent and with bad conduct.

    The NSW “crack down”; the Newman government’s absurd bikie and sex offender laws (the latter now declared unconstitutional); the Newman government’s authorisation of police not to wear name badges; the massive enlargement of police powers for G20; the Abbott government’s raids on lawyer’s offices during legal cases against the government; Morrison’s increasingly bizarre “cone of silence” amid very serious accusations; the militarisation of policing at State and Federal levels; the military take over of civilian activity under the guise of the Orwellian “Operation Sovereign Borders” … I’m sure other will have uneven longer catalog.

    And now the detention on seemingly spurious grounds of activists and voices of dissent coupled with a refusal to give basic rights to the individuals such as knowledge of the section of the Act and identity (indeed authority – quo warranto) of the allegedly empowered official. The tale you tell, Phillip, is alarming.

    Just why the public is so sanguine about the loss of liberty is very worrying indeed.

  3. zut alors

    Next time you pass through Customs make sure you’re sporting a ‘Cory for the Senate’ badge. It may offer similar protection to garlic in deflecting vampires.

  4. Yclept

    Well 1984 is just about here and the Mad Monk is only too happy to take us there!

  5. rhwombat

    Fairly direct and blatant harassment Philip. I smell Rear-Admiral & CPO-General Scrotum (with, perhaps, a lingering scent of Opus Dei brand carbolic soap that Andrews shaves with), since Toady’s still in the pointy parts of France and Switzerland, AG Mr Toad the Librarian is busy bailing out Nauru, Standartenfuhrer Abetz remains locked in the cellar with the Poodle after the latter’s unfortunate accident on the school carpet, and Ms Julie is female and therefore not listened to by the Boys Brigade. Another badge of honour, though of an unusually snotty nature.

  6. graybul

    @ thelorikeet. Excellent comment! Nauru citizens’ were completely powerless at the hands of their ‘Masters’, internal and external. They lost both Judiciary and Constitutional protection overnight. Australian judicial protections “leak” away. Our public voice is, ‘sanguine’ about loss of liberty. Public Servants serve their Masters . . when they sense protection. No longer the Public! Our Armed Services, Customs, employed in turning back boats, are allegedly, so protected. As you say . . “Properly Scary”!

  7. AR

    As with the kerfuffle over NSA hoovering up everything, what does it matter what the Law allows? Authority will do what it always does, without rhyme or reason but it would not be possible if the foot soldiers had the slightest understanding of the Nuremberg principle.
    Dr Nitschke, I hope that you realise that your phone SIMs were downloaded and will now go into the database, for the “next time”.
    Until people take responsibility for their own action and act thereon, this sort of abuse will continue to expand.
    Oh, wait… the quiet life, “when they came for the ….” sorta thang?

  8. Kevin_T

    Quote: “When Fiona asked for the officers’ ID numbers or names, one “Officer Raelene” said she could locate the list but we would then miss our flight. Is that what we wanted?

    That reply in itself would just about inspire me to miss the flight, and doing so would probably make them a bit uneasy about potential consequences if they were reported.

  9. klewso

    You’re not related to an East Timorese parliamentarian too, are you by any chance….?

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