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New ID checks for Aussie travellers

Be prepared to show ID, at any time, for any reason

So you’ve checked in and been through airport security… don’t go putting away your passports just yet though.


You still might need them, or at least another form of identification – when new airport security laws are introduced.



The Federal Government has signalled its intention to give police the power to carry our ID checks in airports at any time, for any reason.


According to the broadcaster, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will unveil plans for the new legislation today, together with already announced $294 million airport security upgrades.


The PM said current “dangerous times” justified the decision. "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.


At present, police can only carry out ID checks if a person if they suspect a person has or will commit a serious offence.   


"There's certain conditions that need to be met at the moment before police can ask for that identification, which is an absurdity, and it is an issue the police have raised with us," Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said.


"We're addressing an anomaly and a deficiency in the law at the moment."


As for the issue of new body scanners at Aussie airports, the government hopes 94% of passengers would pass through the technology. 


"Everyone wants to get through all of these security checks swiftly, but they also want to get through safely," Mr Turnbull said.


"Using the latest technology enables you to achieve both."


What do you think of the new measures?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 15 May 2018

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