Saturday, February 25, 2006

Martial Law law

We had a small discussion a while ago about the new expedited call-out procedures that are to be made into law in the near future.

For anybody who is still interested, the Parliamentary Library has its discussion paper out here. The Schedule 4 provisions, whereby the ADF can be called out in a sudden emergency by the PM alone or two Ministers together still seems like overkill to me.

Why should we allow two Ministers to authorise the implementation of martial law? If there is a terrorist off to blow up the Lucas Heights reactor, why don’t we send the police?

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