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The federal government has announced plans to give the Australian Federal Police the power to demand identification from people in airports without precondition.

AFP officers currently cannot request someone’s ID unless they are confident the person has committed, or plans to commit, an offence. Home affairs minister Peter Dutton called current arrangements “an absurdity”, saying police would also be given the power to move people on from airport precincts “if it’s believed that they’re involved in certain criminal activities”. CT body scanners common at international airports will be installed at domestic airports as part of a $294 million security upgrade …

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