75 per cent of us agree on this citizenship issue – but should we? 107



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It’s been one of Tony Abbott’s most confident proposals this year – keep terrorist Australians out at all costs.

What Abbott failed to realise at the time he promised this, was that there wasn’t much power behind that statement as it goes against the Australian constitution.

But regardless, 75 per cent of voters believe that sole Australian nationals who goes overseas to take part in terrorist activities should be stripped of their citizenship.

Now, the proposal is a part of a citizenship discussion paper controlled by senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and veteran MP Philip Ruddock.

The exclusive Fairfax-Ipsos poll of 1402 voters found that not only is the proposal popular with politicians, voters like the idea of leaving these citizens high and dry in the event of their return.

Not surprisingly, 89 per cent of Coalition supporters back the measure, compared with 69 per cent of Labor voters and 49 per cent of Greens voters.

In a similar proposal, the Federal Government unveiled that they would attempt to strip the citizenship of dual Australian nationals, in an amendment of section 35 of the Australian Citizenship Act.

These two new laws, both of which are currently being examined by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security, would allow for “renunciation by conduct”, meaning that if an Australian engaged in terrorism against Australia, their citizenship would be automatically forfeited. Do you think this is fair?

There’s another option, and that would be “revocation by conviction”, which means the accused must stand trial and be convicted before losing their citizenship.

But the question of just where these sole national will go if they lose their passports is yet to be known, with Mr Abbott admitting, “That’s something which the government will reconsider, along with what might possibly be done in respect of people fighting with terrorist armies overseas who are wholly and solely Australian citizens,” he said.

This is because under international law, Australia is not able to render a person stateless.

Another suggestion in the discussion paper from Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is that those who want to come back to Australia after engaging in terrorist activity would lose their right to vote and receive assistance, instead of their citizenship.


So we want to know this afternoon…. should someone who engages in terrorist activity overseas be able to come back and live freely, have their rights stripped, or have their citizenship stripped?

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  1. No they should not be allowed back. It’s worse than the ineffective parole boards believing murderers should be allowed a ‘second chance’. Innocent people always wear this PC bull&@$/, it has to stop.

  2. We’ve been too lenient, and tolerant – they should NOT be allowed back into the country, and yes, revoke their citizenship

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    • I agree with you never let them back into Australia bad blood we do not want or need them. Kathy

  3. I have misgivings about this on some levels. I don’t believe in stripping citizenship from someone born in Australia, if they are dual nationals I have no qualms about it. I do think there should be a review mechanism if citizenship is stripped by the Minister and not as the result of a court decision. I really would prefer to see them gaoled either in Australia or the country in which they committed the terrorist activity. It would be the ultimate irony if Australia stripped their citizenship left them on the loose in foreign lands where they then commit a terrorist attack that kills multiple Australians.

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    • If we jail them ,it will cost millions for say a 10 year sentence IF they get a sentence, som
      e judge could give them a BOND

    • The Australian courts will not give the Isis returnees a proper goal sentence becos. Think about it. The Isis followers in aus r stronger than t legal system. It is easy to find out where ppl live. If u get my msg

  4. Try them and if found guilty make them serve a sentence then dual citizens can be stripped off citizenship and sent back. Not sure that sole citizens can be rendered stateless under international law so they would need to be monitored.

  5. Dual passports NO . Aussie passports fighting for Isis jail Australia no courts.! Aussies fighting against Isis etc. if they survive let them go . Cheers

  6. I still subscribe to the situation that any one wanting to be a part of terrorist activities then it is a one way ticket & don’t come back Toughen up AUSTRALIA before it is too late

  7. Any migrant committing severe crimes should have their citizenship removed.Engaging in terrorist crimes amounts to treason and should be treated as such

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    • most sensible thing I have been reading today…this is the way it should be…

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