Any government’s first priority is to protect its citizens. Terrorism and violent extremism is a growing threat worldwide and events in Australia have proved we are not immune. Lax border security and weak immigration character tests have left Australia vulnerable to home-grown security threats. New laws allow holders of dual citizenship to be stripped of their Australian citizenship if they plan or commit acts of terrorism or join foreign armies. Political correctness, however, has hampered the introduction of such measures.
National security needs to be tightened on a number of fronts:
- Tough measures to stop illegal maritime arrivals must remain in place and be enhanced.
- Immigration from countries with a high prevalence of violent extremism and radicalism should be restricted.
- Stricter background and character checks should apply to immigration and asylum seeker assessments.
- Anyone caught planning or committing and act of terrorism or joining a foreign army should have their Australian citizenship revoked.
- Those with dual citizenship should have Australian citizenship revoked and be deported.
- Those who have the capacity to become citizens of another country should have their Australian citizenship revoked and be deported.
- Those who have no capacity to become a citizen of another country should have be stripped of rights that come with citizenship.