Most Australians will agree with Greg Sheridan’s opinion piece (“Rushed decision on home affairs could very quickly turn out to be a mistake”, The Australian 22/7/2017) highlighting several serious concerns of national importance. My concern is that this move will lead Australia to being a police state under Dutton. Australia’s national security has become an issue as a result of our involvement in the war on terror, the consequent terrorism incidents, and the arrival of refugees. We created the refugees by turning their homelands into rubble through the bombing over the last 16 years. This situation came about as a result of our foreign policy failures. The way to remedy the plight we are in is to change our foreign policy, not by restricting our freedom using police state tactics.
– Bill Mathew, CLA member, Parkville, Vic
(See also article: Is this the Home Affairs we really want? by CLA Director Jennifer Ashton)