Police security defence
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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).

On the government's new security powers

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.