Minister of Interior empowers to extend detention of convicted terrorists


Australian Interior Minister Karen Andrews has called for additional authority to keep convicted terrorists in long-term detention, which poses “unacceptable risks” to society.

However, experts are skeptical that the government will give more power to Australia’s domestic security agencies.

According to Andrews, 51 criminals are currently in prison for terrorism-related crimes in Australia, and an additional 32 are in court.

“When some of these criminals reach the conclusion of imprisonment in the next few years, the need for effective risk management measures to keep our community safe is greater than ever. That’s me. “It will be an important focus of the policy,” she told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on September 14 in a “Road from 9/11” speech.

Congress is also considering a new amendment to create a new extended oversight order scheme, the Anti-Terrorism Act Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Criminals) Bill 2020.

“Now, as Minister of Interior, I can ask the court for continued detention orders,” she said.

“Such orders allow for continued detention of qualified convicted terrorist offenders who pose an unacceptable risk of committing serious terrorist crimes if released to the community,” she adds. I did. “Of course, there are high thresholds under the law.”

Such an order would also empower the minister to adjust the conditions of supervision to terrorist offenders released to the community after completing his sentence. In addition, the new law will “extend the range of tools available” to security agencies.

Andrews also said the fall of Afghanistan into the Taliban could revitalize Australia’s religious extremism and warned that a terrorist attack in Australia was “likely.”

“Afghanistan may once again be an international safe haven for terrorist networks and cells,” she said.

“It means that individuals and groups with religious and ideological motives here in Australia, inspired by the dark web, are doing harm to us and planning violence,” she adds. Drastic authority of the Australian Criminal Information Commission, including the ability to manage federal police and suspects’ social media accounts.

Andrews said he had invited police and law enforcement ministers to a joint session on the country’s ongoing threat of terrorism.

Former Queensland Prime Minister and current Senator candidate Campbell Newman “covers” COVID-19 to political leaders to strengthen the power of national law enforcement agencies “without proper debate and scrutiny.” Warned that it provided.

“When I was in government, I could find out if it was the Brisbane city council as mayor, the district office of the local council, or state-level bureaucrats and police. They always wanted more power. If you give one inch, they will take five miles, “he told The Epoch Times.

Newman pointed out the Foreign Interferometry Act 2018, which was passed to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) interference in Australia’s domestic political affairs. This is an individual or group that is a foreign entity.

“Within just a year or two, the former Prime Minister (Tony Abbott) [asked to declare] Involvement in the Conservative Political Activities Council [which was held in Sydney].. How ridiculous was it? “

Joseph Siracusa, an adjunct professor at Curtin University who teaches the history of international diplomacy, was also critical of Australia’s commitment to terrorism and its focus on domestic “lonely wolf” actors rather than established terrorist cells. ..

“Terrorism has existed for a long time and they have not found the cause of terrorism,” he told The Epoch Times. “There is a powerful database to watch, such as the Red Brigades of Italy, the Bader Mainhoff gang of West Germany, and the Shining Pass of Peru. There are so many terrorists’ hometowns and literature, why young people make these promises. “

Siracusa said Australia’s success was due to Australia’s strict border stance, which was costly and violated civil liberties, rather than increased surveillance and surveillance of civilians.

“In both the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, it was the strengthening of borders that prevented large-scale civilian attacks,” he said. “It’s pretty hard to get into Australia and it’s hard to get out of Australia.”

Daniel Y. Ten