Melbourne : Worried about what happens when militants return to their home base, Australia has coded and passed new laws to protect the country against menace of dual citizenship. In a major move to combat terrorism breeding from within Australian soil, Australia has taken a decision to strip dual nationals convicted or suspected of terror offences of citizenship.Passed via a bill, approved by both sides of the upper house on Thursday, this bill is one of the several comprehensive and immediate-effect measures introduced to fight violent extremism and its aftermath on peace and normalcy of citizens in Australia.
An information provided by Attorney-General George Brandis revealed that the laws would apply in ‘very limited circumstances’. Coming at a time when more than 90 Australians are believed to be fighting with militant groups such as the so-called Islamic State, wherein about half of them are thought to be dual nationals, this move is a major damage-control step taken by the government to curb the disrupt. Australia is increasingly concerned about the impact on its domestic security of those who support or fight with militants in the Middle East. Brandis elaborated — Dual nationals who engage in terrorism are betraying their allegiance to this country and do not deserve to be Australian citizens.
The attorney informed the senate it was a significant piece of legislation which would enhance Australia’s counter terrorism architecture. The law is jacketed and does not allow for anyone to be left stateless. This latest move is an act of amendment to the earlier format of bill which was introduced to the lower house in June. Anticipating resistance, this step stands to increase its chances of surviving an expected challenge in the Australian High Court. Earlier too, Australian Constitutional experts had said the bill was flawed, but Brandis clarified the legislation was as strong as they could make it from a constitutional point of view.