ABC Online is reporting that, despite talking tough all week, the Chief Minister has rolled over for the security services and begged to have his tummy tickled.
His media release on the subject is here.
I emerged from the high-level security briefing with the personal assurance of the chiefs of the Australian Federal Police, the Office of National Assessments and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation that their capacity to protect Australians in the new security environment would be compromised in the future without laws of this kind.
So the security services seeking the new powers presented the unverifiable evidence as to why they needed them? Please Mr. Stanhope, would you like to play poker with me?
At least there’s a 10 year sunset on this stuff. But I can’t see this nation being any less populated by snivelling bogans desperate for Big Brother to change our diapers by then.
Steve Pratt has welcomed the backflip.