Australian PM announces he will strip returning jihadis of citizenship

Australian PM announces he will strip returning jihadis of citizenship

In a landmark national security address, Mr Abbott Australian Prime Minister, said the government will attempt to strip or suspend the citizenship of Australians with dual citizenship fighting overseas.

Many Australians who fight for the Islamic State will be stripped of their citizenship, the Prime Minister has announced, as part of tough new counter-terrorism laws.

The dramatic pledge came as a review released revealed more than thirty Australians have returned home after fighting for jihadist causes overseas.

The government is also exploring taking away some of the rights of jihadists who are sole Australian citizens, Mr Abbott said.

That could include restricting their access to welfare payments, to consular help and their ability to leave or return to Australia.

‘The Islamist death-cult has declared war on the world,’ Mr Abbott said during the announcement.

‘We cannot allow bad people to use our good nature against us.’

Other countries in the West should follow suit. Obama should also consider imitating Abbott’s relative forthrightness in articulating what we’re up against: “The Islamist death-cult has declared war on the world.”

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