Homegrown Terrorists Could Face Indefinite Detention
Australian-born terrorists who can't be kicked out of the country, could soon face indefinite immigration detention.
The Prime Minister has proposed tough new laws to make it easier for convicted terrorists to be stripped of their Australian citizenship.
Currently, authorities can only repeal the citizenship of extremists who have been jailed for at least six years.
Scott Morrison wants to remove that requirement to give the Home Affairs Minister the power to deport any convicted extremist, if they are entitled to citizenship in another country.
What would happen to a terrorist who can't be deported?
"If they are in a position not to be deported, they will remain in immigration detention," Mr Morrison told the Seven Network on Friday.
"Their citizenship should go if you commit a terrorist act in Australia."
The PM was very vague when asked about how the new powers would work if another country refused to take people back.
"If they're a citizen of that country, they have to take them back," he said.
Nine people linked to terror crimes have been stripped of their citizenship.
If these laws do pass - anyone from any country (including Australia) who has been convicted of a terrorism offence, will be stripped of their Australian citizenship and deported. If they can't be deported, they'll be confined to an immigration detention centre indefinitely.
Now, that doesn't mean the government will create a Guantanamo Bay style camp.
There are plenty of operational Immigration Detention centres right here in Australia. The key sites are Villawood and Yongah Hill.
It's important to note, the legislation is a long way from passing parliament.
Labor is yet to back the proposed new laws.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said it was important for his party to scrutinise the planned changes to ensure there were no unintended consequences.
"If we make sure that they're effective, that they keep Australians safe, well then we'll be up for the sensible debate," he told reporters in Melbourne.
"If you do a rush job, you can sometimes do a botched job. Let's get it right."
The Law Council of Australia has warned that attempts to strip terrorists of their citizenship could breach international obligations by leaving people stateless.
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned by the warning Mr Morrison replied: "Nup."
"Well, they make all these claims, but what I do is I press on and I just get it done" he told the Nine Network on Friday.
So for now, we just sit and wait until the legislation is introduced to parliament and the debate begins.