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Dutton’s “papers please” plans must be resisted

Media Release
Nick McKim 15 May 2018

Peter Dutton’s plans to demand documents from people at airports without justification must be resisted, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“People should be free to live without arbitrary harassment and being forced to carry ID wherever they go,” Senator McKim said.

“Demanding people produce documents on the spot is a hallmark of police states.”

“This is the slow march of authoritarianism. It starts in airports – how long until it’s random checks on the streets or in people’s homes?”

“Dutton has repeatedly demonstrated he can’t be trusted with the powers he already has.”

“It’s time for Labor to finally stand up against this ongoing erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms."

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