If I'm not free, what's the point of being safe?
A Western Australian politician says his comments about Hitler during a debate in State Parliament have been misrepresented.
The WA Government wants to give police greater powers to search people for weapons and drugs in Perth's entertainment precinct without having to prove grounds of suspicion.
Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz spoke in support of the laws and used the example of Hitler.
He told Parliament the dictator gained support because he provided security in a time of anarchy, and that people place greater value on security than freedom.
Mr Abetz says he was not citing Hitler as an example of effective security, but was merely repeating his German mother's explanation of how Hitler gained the support of the German people.
I'm going to pause here to reflect for a minute. Often I am embarrassed by the politics at the state and federal level in this country. I have been known to refer to it as Mickey Mouse Country more than once or twice. Here, we see an example - we have a politician IN PARLIAMENT, proposing a new law, or a change to a law or a change in position with respect to the law and INSTEAD OF USING RESEARCH OR UNIVERSITY LEARNING or ASKING FOR ADVICE ... HE IS FUCKING QUOTING HIS GRANDMOTHER as an HISTORICAL SOURCE.
Unless his grandmother is Golda Meir or similar, I think this dude SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM PARLIAMENT.
Seriously? His grandmother told him that? Is he fucking kidding me?
Mr Abetz says in Australia, measures like random breath testing or airline security show people are prepared to give up certain freedoms in exchange for safety and security.
"It's like going to the airport - nobody bats an eyelid about the fact that you have to be searched and we agree to that because we would much rather give up the freedom of not being searched than getting blown out of the sky," he said.
Tom Percy from the Australian Lawyers Alliance is opposed to the legislation and says the comments in Parliament were extraordinary.
"They run contrary to everything any Australian would believe is inherent to our national sense of democracy," he said.
The Opposition has proposed changes to the legislation which it says would provide greater checks and balances.
Article taken from http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/12/2740611.htm