Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has called for additional powers to prolong the detention of convicted terrorists who pose an “unacceptable risk” to society.
But experts are skeptical of the government delegating more powers to Australia’s domestic security apparatus.
Andrews said 51 criminals are currently serving prison terms in Australia on terrorism-related charges, while 32 others are before courts.
“With many of these offenders approaching the conclusion of prison sentences over the next few years, the need for effective risk management measures to keep our community safe is greater than ever. This will be an important focus of mine,” she said on September 14. in his speech “The Road from 9/11” to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
The federal parliament is also considering a new amendment—the Parliament Anti-Terrorism Laws Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020—that would create a new Extended Supervision Order scheme.
“At present, I, as the Home Minister, can seek a continuing detention order from the court,” she said.
“Such an order permits the continued detention of eligible convicted terrorist offenders who, when released into the community, pose an unacceptable risk of committing a serious terrorism offense,” she said. “It – of course – comes with a higher limit under the law.”
Such an order would also give the minister the power to create supervisory conditions for a terrorist offender who has been released into the community after serving his sentence. In addition, the new law would “broaden the range of equipment available” to security agencies.
Andrews also said that Afghanistan’s fall for the Taliban could reinvigorate religious extremism in the country, warning that the prospect of a terrorist attack in Australia was “probable”.
“Afghanistan can once again become an international safe haven for terrorist networks and cells,” he said.
“Dark web-inspired, religiously motivated and ideologically motivated individuals and groups here in Australia continue to harm us and are planning acts of violence,” he said. Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission broad powers, including the ability to control a suspect’s social media account.
Andrews said he had invited police and law enforcement ministers to a joint meeting on the continuing threat of terrorism in the country.
Former Queensland premier and now-Senate candidate Campbell Newman warned that COVID-19 had provided “cover” for political leaders to bolster the powers of the country’s law enforcement “without proper debate and investigation”.
“In my time in government, I can tell you whether it was in Brisbane City Council as the mayor, the council local ward office, or the state level bureaucrats and police, they always wanted more power. If you would give an inch So they take five miles,” he told The Epoch Times.
Newman pointed to the Foreign Interference Act 2018 which was passed to counter Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interference in Australia’s domestic political affairs, which requires individuals or entities to engage in certain activities under a foreign influence transparency scheme. are required to be registered if they are carried out on behalf of one. foreign organization.
“Within just a year or two, we see a former prime minister (Tony Abbott) [asked to declare] His involvement with the Consultative Political Action Conference [which was held in Sydney]. How funny was that?”
Joseph Siracusa, an assistant professor at Curtin University who teaches the history of international diplomacy, was also critical of Australia’s approach to tackling terrorism and its focus on domestic “lone wolf” actors rather than established terror cells.
“Terrorism has been around for a long time, and they are not searching for the sources of terrorism,” he told The Epoch Times. “There are strong databases to look at, whether it is the Red Brigade in Italy, the Baader-Meinhof Gang in West Germany, or the Shining Path in Peru. There are many places and literature where terrorists come from, and why young people make these commitments.”
Siracusa attributed Australia’s successes to its strict border stance, not its increased surveillance and surveillance of its civilian population, which, he noted, was costly and infringed on civil liberties.
“It is the hardening of borders that has prevented large-scale civilian attacks in both the United States, Canada and Britain,” he said. “It’s very hard to enter Australia, and it’s hard to get out of Australia.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times