A mat­ter of course ... or lose your visa

Sunday Herald Sun - - NEWS - ANNIKA SMETHURST

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.

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