PM warns suspected terrorists could lose citizenship
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott hopes to be able to strip Australians with dual citizenship of their citizen status and access to welfare if they are suspected of terrorism, as part of a fourth tranche of national security reforms.
Mr Abbott gave an speech at federal police headquarters in Canberra this morning, laying out his plans which also include creating a new national counter-terrorism coordinator position and replace the terror alert system with a simpler one.
He said in light of the Martin Place siege and attacks on two police officers in Melbourne in recent months, "the threat to Australia is worsening".
After releasing a review of counter-terrorism arrangements, Mr Abbott said the number of "high priority" terror investigations had doubled, to 400, compared with a year ago, out of "several thousand leads and persons of concern".
The reforms will go to COAG later this year, and will include a strategy to both counter potential terror attacks, and "build community cohesion".
Mr Abbott said the government would also be taking action against "hate speech", including stronger prohibitions on "vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred".