EXTRAORDINARY powers to strip citizenship from Australians supporting terrorist groups are set to get cross-party support in Parliament.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s security statement, centred on the threat of the IS “death cult” today carefully avoided wrecking the bipartisan stance with Labor on measures to fight terrorists.
There was no overt attempt to “wedge” Labor on the security issue — meaning Labor’s not going to be forced to oppose a popular measure.
Mr Abbott said the terrorist threat was worsening here and abroad and was hard to combat.
“We have seen on our TV screens and in our newspapers the evidence of the new dark age that has settled over much of Syria and Iraq,” said Mr Abbott, standing in front of six Australian flags at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Canberra.
He said: “There is no grievance here that can be addressed; there is no cause here that can be satisfied; it is the demand to submit — or die.”