Sydney: The Australian Senate has passed legislation that strips dual Australian nationals suspected of involvement in terrorist activities of citizenship.
According to Press TV, on Thursday, the country’s upper house of parliament enacted laws empowering the government to take such action against terror suspects holding dual citizenship even in the absence of any conviction.
Arguing in favor of the legislation, Attorney-General George Brandis said it “will enhance Australia’s counter-terrorism architecture,” adding that “the legislation is as strong as we can make it from a constitutional point of view,” suggesting it could survive potential High Court challenges.
However, opposing legislators have said the laws would let suspects roam freely around the globe, while they could be kept in Australian prisons. They have also asserted that such people could pose threats to Australian travelers or expatriates overseas.
Prior to the legislation receiving parliamentary approval, Liberal Democrat MP David Leyonhjelm had complained that the bill would dent the rights and freedoms of Australians.
Previously, the country had ratified a law criminalizing travel to the strongholds of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, which is mainly operating in Syria and Iraq, with those charged facing up to 10 years in prison.
Over 120 Australians have reportedly joined the ranks of ISIL. The Australian government estimates that up to half the Australian militants, who have gone to the Middle East to engage in terrorist activities, are dual citizens.