Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Government proposes fresh airport security laws

Government proposes fresh airport security laws

A new bag scanner is seen during an airport security announcement by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at Tullamarine Airport.

The package, announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today, is being funded by $294 million provided in last week's Budget.

The prime minister and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton revealed plans for the new legislation on Tuesday, after previously announcing a $294 million package to boost security at Australia's domestic airports, ABC News reported.

Proposed laws will also allow Australian Federal Police officers to conduct identity checks at airports and order people to leave the premises.

The increased powers will give Police the ability to demand to see anyone's ID at the airport, regardless of whether or not they suspect you are committing or planning to commit a crime; a thing that can not possibly go wrong in any way whatsoever.

'The justification for changing the law so that police at an airport can ask you to identify yourself, the justification is the safety of the Australian people, ' Mr Turnbull said at Melbourne airport.

Mr Turnbull seized on recent "brutal" terrorist attacks in Indonesia's second largest city Surabaya, saying the terrorist threat remains in the region.

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Asked why they were needed, he told 3AW: "Dangerous times".

New, beefed-up airport security legislation, set to be introduced into Parliament by the Coalition, will see Police given the power to approach anyone in an airport in Australia and demand to see their ID, all without cause or suspicion.

"People should be free to live without arbitrary harassment and being forced to carry ID wherever they go", Senator McKim said.

Mr Dutton says the new technology is world-class, and that authorities are anxious about gels, liquids, and explosives being taken onto planes.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor was waiting a briefing on the security changes.

Training and accreditation of screening staff will be improved, with Mr Turnbull insisting there'll be no invasion of privacy.

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