The Dutton ASIO bill is a chilling attack on democracy

Contributed by Ugly

A team of top barristers has issued a scathing review of Peter Dutton’s push to give his spy agency ASIO sweeping new powers to track, spy on and question citizens.

This has caused a wave of reaction s multiple organisations have sent submissions to urge the Senate Estimates Committee to block the bill. It may not be enough, and this means other forms of action are needed.

One of the organisations working on this is the online activist group GetUp. It is seeking help to pay for expert legal advice to help the push in the Senate and is asking for public contributions. Their petition is still going. There is also an email campaign to urge Labor members not to go along with it.

But it does not stop with this. Only a public campaign winning over overwhelming community support will make all the difference: And this is starting to happen.

Labor’s Kristina Keneally and Liberal Tim Wilson have broken ranks from the usual cone of silence, and called out against the bill.  They are testimony to the emerging cracks in the parliament.  

If Dutton’s law gets up, there will be a major restriction in the right of journalists to report and the ability of whistleblowers to remain anonymous. This is only a part of it. The intention is to silence everyone, coupled with increased activity of domestic spy organisations enforce this.

GetUp has been a thorn in the side for the Morrison government, and this has been answered by making GetUp one of its major targets.

Dutton’s proposed law is not just the thought bubble of one man. He is just the face putting it forward. It adds to the series of already established laws since the so-called war on terrorism, which have been used to slowly strangle our rights and set the conditions for what we are getting now.

Dutton is also proposing greater scope for the use of the military, and even the intervention of foreign forces in the control of the civilian population. He is pushing for the American /central intelligence Agency (CIA) to be allowed free reign to spy on Australians on Australian soil.

All of this must be blown out of the water.

5 Comments on "The Dutton ASIO bill is a chilling attack on democracy"

  1. Lynette Anderson | October 24, 2020 at 5:28 pm | Reply

    Don’t let this creature do this to our country he must be stopped this legislation must NOT be passed

  2. All that drives Liberal National Party Coalition members is personal ambition – unlike Labor members which is the political philosophy of equality of opportunity which some people regard as socialism. Dutton and Morrison and company are shoring up their employment prospects after they lose their Parliamentary Seats or retire.

  3. Meredith Healey | October 25, 2020 at 7:12 pm | Reply

    With the incessent stories of corruption it has never been more important to encourage good journalism.

  4. Stalin and Hitler would be proud of this direction the LNP are taking Australia

  5. Richard Gillies | October 27, 2020 at 4:18 am | Reply

    Where can I read what the barristers said about this bill?

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