Stop Dutton's power grab


Peter Dutton is pressing ahead with his plan to give ASIO unprecedented powers to track, surveil and interrogate citizens – but cracks are showing.

Labor has spoken out against Dutton's overreach, breaking the notorious code of silence surrounding national security and calling for key safeguards to be upheld.1

It's clear the pressure from lawyers, experts and everyday people is working.

But with only two weeks left of Parliament this year, Dutton is going to do everything he can to ram these laws through before the year comes to an end. As politicians head home for the year, Parliament's final two sitting weeks are infamous for dodgy deals, rushed laws, and middle of the night amendments. 2, 3 We can't let Dutton's laws get waved through in this haste.

So we need to strike now, while Labor are clearly feeling the heat, and show politicians from all sides that the community is watching and won't let them sneak Dutton's laws through.

If we can crack 120,000 signatures on the petition to stop Dutton's dangerous laws, we'll prove just how much community outrage there is against Dutton's attempts to transform Australia into a surveillance state.

Sign the petition to stop Dutton's power grab!


Over the last few months, GetUp members across the country have been piling on the pressure - flooding the offices of their local MP's and the government's secret committee with more than 7,000 emails calling on them to block this dangerous bill.

And we've made headlines – with the expert legal advice GetUp members chipped in for exposing how Peter Dutton could use these far-reaching powers against journalists, whistleblowers, and environmental and human rights groups.4, 5

We've got politicians attention, but the next few weeks are crunch time.

We need to show the huge groundswell of opposition to this dangerous bill, as fast as we possibly can, and demand politicians block Dutton's plan for more power and even less accountability.

Can you sign the petition and show Dutton we won't let his dangerous laws pass?

From prosecuting whistleblowers and journalists, to secret court cases, and threats to crack down on protesters – the Morrison government is slowly whittling away at our democracy.6, 7, 8

If they get their way with these latest laws, Peter Dutton and his spy agency will be handed unchecked power, and journalists, activists, and civil society groups will all be in their reach.

So with just two weeks of Parliament left for the year, we need to stop these laws in their tracks.

Let's dial up the pressure, defend fearless journalism and defend our democracy – together, we need to do as much as we can to prevent these authoritarian changes to the ASIO Act passing.

In determination,

Chandi, Renaire, and Oliver for the GetUp team

[1] Labor fights to keep safeguard on Asio's interrogation powers, The Guardian, 12 November 2020
[2] Medevac bill dismantled after Coalition strikes 'secret deal' with crossbench Senator Jacqui Lambie, The Canberra Times, 4 December 2019
[3] Malcolm Turnbull secures ABCC bill with Nick Xenophon deal, Australian Financial Review, 30 November 2020
[4] 'Chilling attack on democracy': proposed Asio powers could be used against journalists, The Guardian, 20 October 2020
[5] ASIO powers threaten activists, The Saturday Paper, 20 October 2020
[6] Australian government spends almost $3m waging 'war' on whistleblowers in court, The Guardian, 13 August 2020
[7] Court rules key parts of Bernard Collaery trial to be held in secret, The Guardian, 26 June 2020
[8] PM pledges to crack down on protesters, ABC News, 11 November 2019
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