Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today urge state and territory leaders to pass legislation that would see some terrorists locked up indefinitely, like paedophiles.
Such laws could have observed 1 of Islamic State’s most notorious Australian fighters, Khaled Sharrouf, stay in prison, if he had been deemed probably to commit one more offence.
Mr Turnbull has put the notion on the agenda for his meeting with premiers and chief ministers in Sydney right now.
The head of Federal Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, Dan Tehan, mentioned the Charlie Hebdo attack in France justified such measures.
“Sadly we’ve observed in France, where we’ve had men and women convicted of terrorism, undertaking time, coming out and in the instance of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, then carrying out a brutal terrorist act,” he said.
“At house, reports of Australian terrorists and prison gangs employing their time in jail to recruit and radicalise other inmates are equally disturbing.”
Under the program, the energy to indefinitely detain a terrorist would rest with state and territory Supreme Courts.
“Where men and women are a danger to society right after they have served their time for conviction, as we do with sex and as we do with violent offenders … then they should be put into preventative detention,” Mr Tehan said.
He stated he hoped the states and territories would agree to pass the essential laws in their jurisdictions, soon after today’s talks.
“This is a gap in our existing technique, this is a gap which potentially presents a danger to the community’s safety,” he stated.
As opposed to the legislation Parliament lately passed to strip dual citizens of their Australian citizenship if they commit a terrorist act, the proposal would apply to any Australian citizen.
There are at present nine convicted terrorists in jail in New South Wales and four in Victoria.
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