Those detention laws have been on the books for at least three decades, under governments of both main parties, it's just that are only used exceptionally rarely. However I was surprised to learn that both the states and the Commonwealth had powers on the books to shut down all sorts of businesses and activities without the need to pass special laws, they can effectively do it by decree. I suspect the laws are left over from World War Two, but they haven't been used for 75 years because there hasn't been a need to use them before now. We live in a liberal democracy where freedom of expression and ideas is assumed by everyone. And 90% of the time, there is an effective parliamentary opposition to whichever pack of drongos that the people have elected into state or federal government. It's comforting that most (but not quite all) politicians from both main parties have dropped "petty political point scoring" (as Sir Keir Starmer, the new UK Labour Party leader said) and they are working together for the common good. Having these powers on the books is no danger to the liberal democracy and freedom of thought, speech and action we have in Australia and I am totally confident that things will return to our usual dysfunctional normality once "the current malady" has passed and the special powers will never be used again unless we have a really major war or plague. EDIT. I just realised this is a Baw Baw thread, however did we get onto something like this? Never mind I'll leave it here anyway.