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Troops should not replace police: Greens.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Troops should not replace police: Greens

7th Dec 05

The Greens have serious concerns about new powers for the Australian Defence Force introduced into the Senate today.

The Defence Legislation Amendment (Aid to civilian Authorities) Bill will expand the grounds on which the government can call out the troops and significantly extends the powers of the Australian Defence Forces during a call out.

“We opposed the shoot-to-kill powers given to troops before the Olympics and we will oppose this bill which extends those powers”, Senator Brown said.

“Policing should be left to police. The Australian people do not want troops with shoot-to-kill powers on the street.”

“The government should not use its control of the Senate to ram through yet another law that tramples on civil rights,” Senator Brown said.

The bill was referred to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to report back in February 2006.

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