Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Fencepost No.7: Arbitrary Seizure of Passports
The Government is planning to enable bureaucrats and who-knows-whom to seize passports. The justifications presented now are not valid, in fact the examples given could be seen as a smokescreen. Due process is being bypassed for what appears to be the convenience of bureaucrats. A cynic might say that is is because they, frankly, cannot be arsed to collect the evidence and produce a case strong enough to satisfy a Judge. There is a reason why they are currently expected to do so. Accountability, evidence-based decision making, right of representation. Due process.