Nicolette Boaz, Bondi
I concur with Robert Webber about NSW police force being wasted on deployment in an everyday situation.
Democracy is something that people have fought and died for and it is concerning that Australians are not aware that their rights are being usurped by over policing without just cause.
Recently I spent 12 hours in Melbourne at an all night event that was attended by at least 300,000 punters.
The city was closed down, Flinders St station turned into a stage, laser light shows on the river, beautiful graphics shone onto old buildings and the entire centre of the city chockers with people strolling around from 7pm until 7am.
During this 12 hours I saw perhaps six police, NO sniffer dogs, and a handful of security to protect some of the installations, eg in a church.
I abhor Australians being treated like a potential criminals. It is an intrusion that I resent on behalf of all of us. It is a massive waste of public resources and an unhealthy and dangerous direction for Australia to go.