AAT changes under Dutton
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