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Australia flags that remove citizenship from homegrown radicals

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian citizens convicted of terrorist offenses would be discouraged from their citizenship if the government believes that…

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian citizens convicted of terrorist offenses would be discouraged from their citizenship if the government believes that they are entitled to apply for a residence permit from another country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed on Thursday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison talks to the media at a press conference in Canberra, Australia, October 1

6, 2018. AAP / Mick Tsikas / via REUTERS

Australia, a strong American Alliance who sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq in recent times The months had a plethora of attacks by home-expanded militants, including a stabbing attack in the country’s second largest city less than two weeks ago.

Morrison suggested that the government could weaken the current constraints that allow terrorists to be abolished by their Australian citizenship if they are already double nations and they have been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

“This is something that can not be tolerated, and for those who would engage in this type of business, and they have citizenship elsewhere or we have reason to believe they [can] do, they can go, “told Morrison reporters in Sydney.

Morrison’s proposal will require approval from the country’s parliament, where the government does not have a majority.

It is also likely to face legal challenges, experts said.

“It is not clear that the Commonwealth has the power to kick out people who have been here for many, many generations,” said Sangeetha Pillai, Constitutional Attorney at the Kaldor Center, University of New South.

“This legislation would make some people stateless at least temporarily and in some cases permanent.”

Morrison’s political proposal comes only a few days after the Australian police were arrested and accused three double citizens of plotting a mass attack on the public in Melbourne.

Although the arrests lifted the threat from this group, Australia continues to be on alert for future attacks.

Australia currently sees the likelihood of a militant attack as “probable”, the centerpiece of a five-level system. It has been established at the level since the system was introduced in 2015.

In order to provide investigators additional tools, Morrison demanded parliamentary legislation that would force technology companies to provide encrypted messages by 2019.

As test cases as other nations explore similar laws, Facebook Inc ( FB.O ), Alphabet Inc ( GOOGL.O ) and Apple Inc. ( AAPL.O ) have jointly begun the lobbyist to change the bill.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing Michael Perry

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