Unsurprisingly, the newly minted national security law that allows for the deployment of military personnel within Australia on the government’s whim didn’t go down well with Crikey readers — the consensus was that it is more than a little concerning, particularly considering the recent hard-lean towards authoritarianism. Meanwhile, readers debated the trials facing Bill Shorten’s Labor on their way to next year’s election (with consensus being a little less clear-cut).
Rais writes: All this authority in the hands of someone who is now reported to see even our feeble rubber-stamp parliament as an obstacle to good government. Looking good for the introduction of really stable government.
Ng GJB writes: The defence force could respond quicker to “support” civilian emergency services in times of natural disaster, to resume services to communities and restore normality. Otherwise there is no reason for the military to be deployed in Australia.
Gwen Clark writes: I was horrified. For the first time ever military force can be exercised against the public at the behest of the government. That used to be a point of delinearisation between police force and military. Military to defend against external threat and to assist in emergencies. Police to enforce law against civilians. Now there is literally nothing to prevent military force to be employed against the Australian public, including lethal force.
Peter Shulz writes: And to add insult to injury, the hypocrites who are implementing this dramatic trashing of our hard-won democratic traditions call themselves “conservatives” who bemoan the loss of our traditional values and purport to protect us against the migrants and Muslims who “hate us for our freedoms”.