PM fo­cus on ‘khaki elec­tion’

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Can­berra

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

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