The increased use of the Defence Force on Australian streets is deeply concerning, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.
“Legislation to make it easier to call out the Defence Force is a worrying and dangerous development,” Senator McKim said.
“Yet again, the Government has introduced major national security legislation without demonstrating the need or making the case as to how it would make Australians safer.”
“This is a serious and fundamental change to domestic policing arrangements, and to the way security forces interact with the public.”
“Given Peter Dutton’s record of misusing the sweeping powers he already has, we have particular concerns about the way he would use the provisions in this legislation.”
“This legislation continues the dangerous path towards Australian becoming an authoritarian police state.”