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Show Me Your Papers!

Do you carry ‘papers’? You know the sort of thing we saw in the movie Casablanca where Nazi SS officers would demand to see your papers and if you didn’t have any or they weren’t in order, you would be in big trouble. Generally speaking, we don’t carry ‘papers’ in Australia but Peter Dutton is going to change all that.

You probably heard that the Federal Government wants to give police and the ABF the power to carry out random identity checks without cause at the nation’s airports, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull citing the “dangerous times” facing the nation as justification.

Mr Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will unveil plans to roll out new legislation along with an already announced $294 million package to boost security at domestic airports and introduce new measures in regional centres.

The Prime Minister said anyone travelling through the nation’s airports could be subject to the new powers.

“The justification for changing the law so that police at an airport can ask you to identify yourself, the justification is the safety of the Australian people,” Mr Turnbull told reporters at Melbourne Airport.

Under current laws, police can only ask for proof of identity with reasonable cause if they suspect a person has or will commit a serious offence.

“There’s certain conditions that need to be met at the moment before police can ask for that identification, which is an absurdity, and it is an issue the police have raised with us,” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton argued.

So, if you’re off to the airport to pick up Aunt Maud and you just slip on a T-shirt and shorts and head off make sure you take your ‘papers’ with you because Peter Dutton wants to see them and he doesn’t mean your Coffee Club loyalty card. He wants to know why you are at the airport, what your name is and where you come from; if you don’t have photo ID with you, you will be escorted to one of those unmarked rooms at the airport for questioning … and it won’t be the Qantas Club lounge. Mr Dutton would then like to waterboard you – you can never be too careful he says – until you confess to being a foreign agent or even a member of the Labor Party. Aunt Maud will probably also be taken down as she enters the arrivals lounge.

Do you remember back in August 2015 when Peter Dutton wanted Australian Border Force (ABF) officers to check people’s papers on the streets of Melbourne? Officers were to be positioned at various locations around the city and would speak “with any individual we cross paths with”, ABF regional commander for Victoria and Tasmania Don Smith said in a statement.

That little adventure was quickly knocked on the head when there was a massive public outcry about the creation of a police state and racial profiling. But Mr Dutton hasn’t finished with us yet, he has a very singular view of Australians, possibly formed in the years when he was a Queensland copper; he thinks we are all shifty and unreliable and he will frequently support this view by reference to the fact that some of us vote for Labor and the minor parties.

The next move by Obergruppenführer Dutton will surely be the issue of Australia Cards with photo ID and to receive one of these you will need to know the names of all Liberal Prime Ministers since federation and the political hierarchy of the Downer dynasty including Georgina the most recent political aspirant from that family, fresh from the IPA indoctrination camp.

The introduction of the Australia Card with Iris recognition algorithms is inevitable in the brave new world of Duttomania. Let’s just consider the aforementioned Aunt Maud who had been taken into an unmarked interrogation room at the airport and subjected to questioning and a strip-search but because she doesn’t drive she doesn’t have a photo ID driver’s licence and whilst she proffered her Medicare Card and her Woolies orange Rewards Card these were insufficient proof of her indentity. The options for the ABF are to return her on the first available flight to Mildura or hold her in detention indefinitely until a third country claims her.

The question for you is, do you know where your maiden aunts are right now?


22 comments

  1. longwhitekid

    Aren’t supermarkets also busy places with lots of foreign people just milling around?

  2. johno

    Library card wouldn’t do in a pinch then. This sure is going past ‘ be alert, not alarmed.’

  3. Keitha Granville

    Currently state police laws only allow police officers to ask for identification, or name and address, when they have a reason to suspect us of something. On the road, they can ask for a license and any of the above, but if they want further information we are entitled to refuse, and then to ask them for their name, badge number and station of duty. And they MUST provide these.
    How is it that we are now in the realms of Nazi Germany where we can be expected to carry identification at all times in an airport ? It is totally out of order, a totalitarian regime would be proud of P Dutton.
    It’s ok for Tasmainians – the AFP were removed from our airports as unnecessary.

  4. Keith

    The LNP have nothing to show for the almost 5 years they have been elected and so are pushing fear to get over the line at the next election. They will tell you about having created more employment, they don’t talk about the increase in population which requires more people employed. The percentage of unemployed has hardly moved. The entertainment has been the continual moves on Turnbull’s leadership.
    Domestic violence is the area where people are likely to meet their doom, rather than from terrorists. Other ways people are in danger is falling out of bed or off a chair, those dangers are also greater than being involved in a terrorist attack!!

  5. Carolyn Janson

    There is every hope that these nasty Nazi-like types will be out of office, and in Dutton’s case, out of a job, before this stupid crap can be rolled out. It would require a big change in the law, and happily, we still have an Opposition and Senate. This, I believe, is yet another fear mongering idea, just before the election which will be announced soon, in order to keep the bottom feeders close. It will not work. The LNP is becoming more and more stupid by the day. Frankly, I would go to prison before I bowed to such undemocratic nonsense. Civil disobedience will become the duty of all if the election is not called very soon.

  6. JohnF

    A cryptofascist hiding behind populist nationalism.

    Anyone tried replacing an expired passport lately? Talk about jumping through hoops!
    And without a passport you can’t buy or sell a house.

  7. David Bruce

    There is a very realistic online game based on the scenario the Nazi’s won World War II. Seems it is not a game here, so I always carry my passport now!

    Then I read this! Our politicians are failing us!

    NO Wonder Putin was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world.

    This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.

    I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen should pay attention to this advice.

    How scary is that?

    It is a sad day when a Communist Leader makes more sense than our LEADERS, but here it is!

    Vladimir Putin’s speech – SHORTEST SPEECH EVER. As the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

    “In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s, then we now clearly advise them to go and live in those places where that’s the state law.

    “Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture.

    We had better learn from the suicides of so-called democracies – America, England, Holland, and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

    “When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.”

    The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

    · I don’t know where it came from and didn’t fact check it but I agree with it 100%

  8. Kronomex

    When Il Duttonuci speaks Malfeasance spreads his cheeks in supplication to the deity that keeps him in as “leader” and PM. No matter which way you look at it Trembles is on borrowed time. We are also getting ever closer to becoming a authoritarian dictatorship with Heinrich Dutton in charge or with Trembles as the puppet ruler.

  9. etnorb

    Bloody Dustonia should be put in a chaff bag & taken out to sea & dumped overboard! After all, if it was “good enough” (?) for Julia Gillard to have this sort of sadistic monstrosity talked about by that nutcase, flat earth inept so-called radio shock jock Jonestown, then it MUST be “good enough” to suggest Dustonia has the same treatment! Watch out citizens of our “free & fair” (WTF??) country, rest assured this egomaniac is coming for us all!

  10. Stephen G B

    It is certainly clear that Turnbull is a titular pm with Dutton calling most of the shots.

  11. Andrew Smith

    Australian airports’ security is compromised by non passengers being able to access departure and arrival lounges/gates for domestic flights; in the EU for example only those with boarding passes can pass security to departures.

    Further, one would need to be persuaded that Australians would resist any attempts asking for ID.

    Twenty years ago German Turkish social science students dressed in SS uniforms in central Istanbul conducted an experiment when those passing by were asked for papers in German and/or Turkish; 9/10 complied.

  12. Cool Pete

    Himmler Gestapotato is an evil bastard who must be removed! This has NOTHING TO DO WITH KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE! We need to be kept safe, all right, from this fascist bastard!

  13. Cool Pete

    To etnorb, the only humanity the evil Dutton deserves is the Pierpoint Tables (i.e. matching his weight to the length of the drop needed to break his neck) and then the rubber bungs to stop the trapdoors belting him in the head as he is suspended!

  14. Phil

    Dear Obergruppenführer Dutton, I don’t want your safety. I don’t want your security. I do want my country back. I want my civil society back.

    I want you Obergruppenführer Dutton, out of government – for good. I want you never to darken this decent nation again with your black politics of fear, division, loathing and anger.

    A most fitting title is Obergruppenführer for Dutton, a grubby politician who has risen way above his station and whose goal is to make all Australians fear him.

  15. Cool Pete

    Putin is not a communist, but he is an elected dictator. His views are repulsive to any level-headed person. As a minority, myself, I say, us minorities have to stand together against the Right-wing!

  16. Wam

    Labor tried the card in 85 but there was outrage.
    Now my facebook is alive with ‘ If you have nothing to hide…’.
    They are not fazed by profiling or every security officer demanding ID because they are WASP/WASC or left school at 14ers.
    ps
    Politicians claim and are often, by the media, allocated individual credit for collective decisions but captain’s picks are rare.
    Ergo, Dutton is not alone in blame, arguably, he is just doing a job, albeit with great zeal.

  17. Zathras

    There was a line in the Rowan Atkinson comedy “The Thin Blue Line” years ago from a dedicated police Detective.

    He suggested that everybody should be locked up and only released if they can prove they’ve done nothing wrong.

    As a fellow policeman at the time, Dutton must have watched the same show but thought it was a documentary.

  18. 245179

    How this proposal by mutton etc, has not created an outcry of serious magnitude by the general public the liberties groups esteemed folks about this country, just beggers belief.
    The silence will see this through, and at some point down this track folks will be saying WTF.

  19. Wam

    Zathras,
    Have you used centrelink or read about Aborigines in WA? Prove your innocence has been in Australia for years.
    ps
    I liked that show and can see dutton as DI derek grim

  20. Cool Pete

    To Wam, I could see Himmler Gestapotato as a more deranged PC Gabriel Kent from The Bill.

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