AAT changes un­der Dut­ton

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

The at­tack on the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ap­peals Tri­bunal was al­ways a pri­or­ity of Peter Dut­ton’s, who saw its ap­peals pro­cesses as a di­rect threat to his mo­men­tum to­wards sti­fling and gag­ging op­po­si­tion to the fol­low­ing dra­co­nian mea­sures he would take to se­cure Aus­tralian bor­ders and se­cure his do­main over who he thought would be suit­able (colour, race, re­li­gion) to mi­grate to Aus­tralia (Karen Mid­dle­ton, “Ex­clu­sive: Meta­data re­quests top 350,000”, No­vem­ber 24–30). To­gether with pro­mot­ing fear of im­mi­grants, a twisted view of the com­mon good and a ra­bid dis­like for dif­fer­ence, Ge­orge Bran­dis, Dut­ton, Scott Mor­ri­son and Tony Ab­bott suc­cess­fully sti­fled views con­trary to their own. They’ve done this, too, through the con­fla­tion of the De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs and leg­is­la­tion to erode the pri­vacy rights of Aus­tralians through ac­cess to their mo­bile phones and emails. Dut­ton’s mo­tives, ma­nip­u­la­tions and machi­na­tions are hall­marks of a dic­ta­tor­ship and this from a man whose le­git­i­macy to even serve in par­lia­ment is in ques­tion. Let’s hope that it is only an­other 25 weeks un­til these de­cep­tive mem­bers are re­moved from power.

– Ian Ossher, Dover Heights, NSW

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