Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to deliver Speech on National Security approach to Islamic State
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national security statement today outlining his approach to groups like Islamic State (IS).
- Turnbull to make national security statement
- Speech likely to contrast with February statement by Abbott
- Concerns raised over new citizenship laws
It is expected to contrast with former PM Tony Abbott’s statement in February, which he delivered at the Federal Police headquarters flanked by six flags.
“In proclaiming this caliphate, the Islamist death cult has declared war on the world,” Mr Abbott said.
Mr Turnbull’s version is likely to reflect a speech he gave in July that warned terrorism should not be underestimated, but the threat from IS should not be overplayed.
“We need to be very careful we don’t get sucked into their strategy and ourselves become amplifiers of their wickedness and significance,” he said in a speech to the Sydney Institute.
Mr Abbott’s February statement included plans to strip dual nationals of their Australian citizenship if they are fighting with terrorists.
That bill is now in the House of Representatives and will pass with Labor’s support.
Concerns over new laws to strip citizenship from terror suspects
Although, some in the Opposition hold strong concerns, including backbencher Melissa Parke.
“I believe the bill is still likely to be judged unconstitutional. In my view the bill remains contrary to the rule of law and the principles of natural justice and as such should not be passed by Parliament,” Ms Parke said.
Labor frontbencher Stephen Jones expressed a reservation that there is no judicial review of the citizenship stripping.
“I have some concerns about these provisions in the bill. I would not be at all surprised if they were subject to a constitutional challenge and if that constitutional challenge was successful,” he told Parliament.
The Government cites advice from the Solicitor-General that the bill is constitutional, but it has refused requests from Labor and from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to provide that advice.
While Labor is backing the bill despite its reservations, Greens MP Adam Bandt will not support it, nor will independent Cathy McGowan.
“My opposition to the bill is not directed at the intent or purpose of the bill,” Ms McGowan said.
“It is focused very clearly at the inclusion of a retrospective provision and, under the cloud of uncertainty, on the constitutional viability of this bill.
“I know that the bill has been amended following recommendations from the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and there have been a raft of necessary amendments.
“But it appears that, even after the amendments have been made, the bill may be constitutionally vulnerable, and if this bill is so very important and critical to the health, safety and welfare of all Australians in the face of terrorism, it should be invincible.”
‘Happy to see individuals with sole Australian citizenship stripped’
But debate rages about the measure, with some in the Coalition like Liberal backbencher Tony Pasin saying he would back the removal of citizenship from people who are not dual nationals.
“Of course, we are speaking here of the automatic loss of citizenship for those who hold dual citizenship,” Mr Pasin told Parliament.
“As for me, I would be happy to see individuals with sole Australian citizenship stripped of that standing if they were to take up arms and fight for a foreign non-power such as Daesh or the Islamic State but, of course, our international conventions prevent us from doing that.”
Labor frontbencher Michelle Rowland is critical of the broader process, telling Parliament the Government has also failed to produce a final report on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that it promised earlier this year.
“The Government launched a discussion paper entitled Australian citizenship, your right, your responsibility and held a number of public meetings,” Ms Rowland said.
“This process was led by the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Social Services Minister and the Attorney-General, Senator Fierravanti-Wells, as well as the member for Berowra, who was appointed the special envoy for citizenship.
“From day one this process has been plagued by inconsistency and inadequacy. Most notably, we are still waiting on the outcome of this process, despite the fact that this bill is now being debated,” she said.
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Don’t spread hate: Australian leaders call for unity after terror-related Parramatta shooting
“After killing an innocent man yesterday (Friday 2 October 2015) by a young teenage Muslim terrorist in Parramatta,
I was astonished to hear the new PM Malcolm Turnbull addressing the public regarding this crime like a spokesman for the Muslims community in Australia.!!
Surprisingly, this brutal crime happened just two or three days after leaders of the Muslim community in Australia demanded the new PM to consult more with them in order to improve the relations between the Muslims and the government.
October 03, 2015: A warning has been issued about the risk of more lone wolf-style attacks as global terror organisations find new ways to radicalise Australian youth.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined the band of politicians and Muslim community leaders urging Australians to unite in the wake of yesterday’s fatal terror-related shooting in Parramatta.
The calls for unity follow confirmation that a radicalised 15-year-old boy was responsible for the fatal shooting of a NSW Police Force accountant.
“We believe that his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism,” Commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed today.
Detectives attended Parramatta Mosque today, after learning that the gunman had visited it yesterday.
Police attended the Parramatta Mosque
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged people to be sensible.
“We must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community for the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals,” Mr Turnbull said today.
NSW Premier Mike Baird echoed the calls for logic.
“This is not a time to point fingers, for anger to reign… what we have to do is come together and solve it,” Mr Baird said.
Prominent Muslim-Australians have also publicly condemned the attack and vowed to help police wherever they can to crackdown on terrorism
“We will come together, we will work collaboratively with the Federal Government, with the State Government, and also with the agencies to overcome this evil or radicalisation,” Australian Father of the Year Dr Jamal Rifi said.
An exclusion zone was declared as police investigated the attack.
Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association, said the radicalised gunman did not represent Muslims in Australia.
“My message is always very, very clear – that our religion promotes friendship and love and goodwill,” Mr Trad said.
Unity and cooperation is needed to combat the growing issued of radicalised young Australian, terrorism researcher Professor Greg Barton said.
“Given the level of radicalisation – hundreds of young Australians radicalised, over 300 stopped from travelling to the Middle East – we have to brace ourselves for this getting much worse before it gets better,” Professor Barton said.
The police investigation will focus on identifying people who may have influenced the 15-year-old gunman, and will look into how he was radicalised.
Mr Scipione said the question of how to stop radicalisation was “the global question at the moment”.