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Australia Mulls 2 Year Ban on Return of Extremists

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7Dnews London

Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:06 GMT

Australia's government on Thursday July 4th proposed new laws under which extremist Australian nationals outside the country would be prevented from coming back home for up to two years. The move comes as more foreign fighters who joined the Isis terror group are about to be repatriated.

According to AP, Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton introduced the legislation as part of a raft of counterterrorism and asylum seeker bills.

Under the proposed law, Dutton will have the authority to prevent suspected Australian extremists from returning home for up to two years. Australians who intelligence agencies assess to be a "risk to security for reasons related to politically motivated violence" will also be included.

According to Dutton, 230 Australians flew to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremist groups between 2012 and 2018.

"Around 80 are still active in conflict zones. The advice of Australia's national security agencies is that many Australians of counterterrorism concern who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to engage in that conflict are likely to seek to return to Australia in the very near future," Dutton told parliament in its first session since elections in May.

"This bill will ensure that law enforcement agencies can effectively manage these returns in a way that will reduce the threat to the Australian community," he added.


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