Opinion

This government needs to stop militarising our biggest challenges

By Sue Wareham
September 6 2020 - 2:00pm
The new legislation could give the PM excessive powers. Picture: Shutterstock

The Australian government is planning new legislation to enable the prime minister to declare a national emergency or disaster and deploy the Australian Defence Force within Australia. Bushfires and pandemics have been cited as possible triggers for such a declaration. The proposal comes in the wake of ADF personnel helping to enforce quarantine restrictions in Melbourne.

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