PM rejects concerns over stripping citizenship from terrorists

November 23, 2018

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has dismissed legal concerns over his plans to strip citizenship of anyone convicted of a terrorism offence - following repeated calls from Conservative Party leader Senator Bernardi for convicted terrorists to be stripped of their citizenship and deported, if possible. 

The Australian reports, Legal critics say the PM's plans are out of proportion with the current terrorism threat and would not provide safeguards for the right to appeal.

But Mr Morrison said this morning those critics did not worry him and he would push ahead with his proposals in the next sitting week of parliament.

“Of course they would. Those who oppose laws always say this,” he told Nine’s Today.

“I dealt with that when I was Immigration Minister and they said I couldn’t turn back boats and they said that wasn’t legal. They make all these claims, but what I do is press on and just get it done.”

The Prime Minister revealed yesterday that the threshold for stripping convicted terrorists of stripping their citizenship would be lowered from having a six-year or higher sentence, to any time given. He would also introduce temporary exclusion orders on overseas combatants.

In September this year, Senator Bernardi moved a motion in the Senate for a similar plan but it was voted down and he told Triple M radio's Luke Bona that is just madness.

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