A matter of course ... or lose your visa
VIOLENT extremists would be given one month to enrol in a government-approved deradicalisation program or risk losing their visas under a new plan being considered by the federal government.
Under the proposal, radicalised extremists would be put on court orders, called community protection intervention orders, which could include internet bans or curfews.
The order would also trigger a letter from Immigration Minister Peter Dutton giving them 28 days to enrol in a deradicalisation program.
The proposal would target foreign-born extremists like Parramatta shooter Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar and terror cell leader Abdul Nacer Benbrika, who came to Australia on visas.
The government is also considering a similar proposal that would see migrant thugs deported when they turn 18.
A 2015 report into radicalisation prevention strategies by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that out of 54 Gen Y jihadists, only 23 were born in Australia.
The government is hopeful Islamic leaders will play a greater role in deradicalisation programs.
Liberal MP Jason Wood, chair of the migration committee, met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss the proposal this week.
Mr Wood said the proposal would allow police to intervene when a person displays extremist views but before committing a terror act.
“Police have no means to force that person to receive counselling, mentoring or prevent them from association with other extremists, or even stop them from recruiting others into their cause,” he said.
“They are free to watch horrific videos of civilians being executed in the most sadistic ways.
“If a person refuses voluntary programs then police are only left with the wait, see and hope for the best scenario.”
Mr Wood, a former counter-terror policeman, said the proposal should be put on the COAG agenda when state and federal leaders meet this month.