Hitler... a bad example
The West Australian government aims to grant police expanded stop and search powers in order to reduce the number of weapons (mostly knives) on the streets. Using Nazi Germany as a positive example is probably not a good way to sell the idea, however:
Last night Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz spoke in support of the legislation and used the example of Hitler.
He said the dictator gained support because he provided people security in a time of anarchy.
The Opposition's Mark McGowan today seized on the comments in State Parliament.
But Mr Abetz says he was not endorsing Hitler, only highlighting the importance people place on security.
Reports that Western Australia plans to annex South Australia are as yet unconfirmed.