ISIS alarm bells
A report in The Daily Telegraph sent alarm bells ringing in the government this month. The report revealed there were grave loopholes that made it difficult to strip dual nationals of their Australian citizenship. This was in context of several ISIS fighters coming back to Australia after fighting wars for the radical Islamist organisation.
This prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to write to Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton to ask him to strengthen anti-terror laws to stop Islamic State terrorists from returning to Australia.
This issue again highlights misplaced priorities in Australia’s immigration policies. While you have genuine displaced people coming through boats and being stranded for years together before they are allowed to enter the country, on the other hand you have these radical elements freely coming into the country with impunity.
And this is not just a border control issue. Such elements whilst inside the country will create fissures in the society and will brainwash others in joining them.
The government needs to join hands with the Opposition Labour Party to plug the loopholes and see that such perpetrators of brutal crimes are not allowed freely back into the country.