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Expansion of ASIO powers unjustified

Nick McKim 13 May 2020

The Government’s latest attempt to expand ASIO’s powers is cynical and unjustified, the Greens say.

“Yet again, Peter Dutton is trying to increase powers of security agencies without even trying to explain his reasons,” Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

“Nor has he tried to give any possible justification for the need to interrogate children as young as 14.”

“To use the pandemic as cover for the increased scope of the surveillance state is dangerous and cynical.”

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Religious Discrimination Second Exposure Draft

Nick McKim 10 Dec 2019

The second exposure draft of the Liberals' Religious Discrimination legislation has made already bad legislation even worse.

"The Liberals have massively widened the scope of the legislation, which will increase the number of organisations that will be able to discriminate," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"The legislation maintains its undermining of state-based protections against discrimination, including Tasmania's nation-leading laws."

"This whole process has always been a smokescreen for bigotry."

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Religious Discrimination Bill

Nick McKim 2 Dec 2019

The Greens urge the Government to use the parliamentary break to amend the serious problems in the proposed religious discrimination laws.

"This is a chance for the Prime Minister to fix the obvious flaws in the Bill which allow for harmful discrimination," Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"But it's no secret that some church groups want to be allowed to discriminate even more than they were already being offered."

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New Spy Powers Unjustified

Nick McKim 19 Jun 2019

Peter Dutton's plan to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australians is a dangerous and unjustified attack on fundamental rights, Greens Justice Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"For the Liberals to try to push this through just days after raids on journalists shows how little they respect basic rights and freedom of the press," Senator McKim said.

"For two decades the major parties have endorsed wave after wave of increased surveillance powers for security agencies which have undermined Australians' privacy and civil liberties."

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Morrison’s new laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Nick McKim 13 Dec 2018

A Religious Discrimination Act should not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws, the Australian Greens say, following the release of the government’s response to the Ruddock Review.

Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “Religious freedom cannot be viewed in isolation, nor should it be used as a political weapon in an act of vengeance for the marriage equality vote.”

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Defence call out laws

Nick McKim 27 Nov 2018

The passage of laws to make it easier for Governments to use the army within Australia is a dangerous step for our country, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“Armies are not primarily trained for policing situations. They are trained to fight wars,” Senator McKim said.

“It is police forces that are trained primarily to maintain order and to keep the peace domestically in our country.”

“This legislation further blurs the lines between police forces and the Australian Defence Force, and is certain to be abused by authoritarian governments in the future.” 

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Dutton and Morrison’s latest attack on the rule of law

Nick McKim 22 Nov 2018

Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton’s plans to leave people stateless is yet another attack on the rule of law and people’s fundamental rights, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is another dangerous step down the road to a police state. It undermines the rule of law and the presumption of innocence,” Senator McKim said.

“Leaving people stateless was even a step too far for Tony Abbott. It is a disgrace that this government could even consider such a move.”

“Dutton has repeatedly shown he cannot be trusted with the massive powers he already has.”

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Greens demand release of Ruddock Review

The Greens will tomorrow move an order for production of documents motion in the Senate, demanding the government finally release the Ruddock Review.

“Scott Morrison is trying to dismantle anti-discrimination law for the benefit of fundamentalists and extremists,” Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“We need to see the Ruddock Review so the Australian people can see what he has up his sleeve.”

“This has been a secretive process from start to finish. Enough is enough.”

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Dutton's "papers please" laws another attack on rights

Nick McKim 12 Sep 2018

Dutton's 'papers please' legislation is yet another unecessary attack on fundamental liberties, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Peter Dutton is attacking the basic rights of every Australian to distract from the multiple scandals he’s involved in,” Senator McKim said.

"Every time the government needs a distraction, they play the national security card and Labor falls for it every time."

“Dutton has consistently shown that he cannot be trusted with the massive law enforcement powers that are at his disposal.”

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Defence Force callout legislation

Nick McKim 28 Jun 2018

The increased use of the Defence Force on Australian streets is deeply concerning, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Legislation to make it easier to call out the Defence Force is a worrying and dangerous development,” Senator McKim said.

“Yet again, the Government has introduced major national security legislation without demonstrating the need or making the case as to how it would make Australians safer.”

“This is a serious and fundamental change to domestic policing arrangements, and to the way security forces interact with the public.”

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