PM focus on ‘khaki election’
Federal Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon is prepared to push against civil liberties if it means that Australians are kept safe.
With support from Labor last week, the Government was able to pass in the House of Representatives laws that would strip dual national terror suspects of their Australian citizenship.
Mr Fitzgibbon criticised Prime Minister Tony Abbott for trying to make the issue contestable even though Labor supported the action in principle from day one.
“I support pushing back against civil liberties if it keeps people safe,” he told Sky News.
These laws are expected to come before the Senate when Parliament resumes in August.
Government minister Malcolm Turnbull also expects stripping citizenship from sole nationals will be back on the agenda again, with the government having issued a public discussion paper to gauge opinion.
“It’s certainly something that could well come back,” he told ABC TV, while warning Australia must stick by its treaty obligation not to render any person stateless.
Mr Fitzgibbon said the Prime Minister was determined to make the next national poll a “khaki election” by focusing on terror and military action, rather than health and education.
“This guy is the master of mind manipulation, he’s instilling fear and uncertainty into the community when he really should be instilling hope and aspiration,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“These phrases like ... ‘the death cult is coming to get us’, he shouldn’t be allowed to say that before 9pm at night.
“What will kids think when they hear that from their prime minister?“AAP