Daily Bulletin


News

  • Written by Malcolm Turnbull


The global terrorism threat environment is growing more challenging.

The recent attacks in Nice and Orlando show an increase in the frequency and severity of terrorism in the West or against Western interests.

And the weekend terrorist attack on civilians in Kabul was the deadliest in 15 years.

Our law enforcement and security agencies are among the best in the world but we have to ensure they have the powers they need.

Early in the new Parliament we will introduce the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016.

The Bill, originally introduced in November 2015, includes provisions allowing for control orders to be placed on persons 14 years or older with appropriate safeguards. Regrettably, children as young as  14 have been identified as being involved in terrorism-related activities.

The Bill also introduces a new offence of advocating genocide to further respond to the negative impact on our community of people who preach hate.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) made 21 recommendations on the 2015 Bill, most importantly that the legislation should pass.

Following consultation with the States and Territories, the Government accepts all of the PJCIS recommendations, and they will be reflected in the Bill.

The Attorney-General will also convene a meeting of all the State and Territory Attorneys-General as soon as practicable to ensure post-sentence preventative detention legislation can be introduced quickly.

This legislation will enable additional periods of imprisonment for terrorist offenders who have served their sentences but are still judged to present an unacceptable risk to the community.

It will be a court supervised process with regular reviews and reassessments, similar to arrangements that apply in a number of jurisdictions for sex offenders and for extremely violent individuals.

The states agreed in principle for the Commonwealth to lead this process at the COAG meeting in April.

The States and Territories are our partners in tackling the threats of terrorism and we thank them for their cooperation and support.

We also thank the PJCIS for its continuing bipartisan contribution to necessary national security reforms.

These two measures will give our security agencies the tools they need to keep Australians safe.
Writers Wanted

What would Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, mean for abortion rights in the US?

arrow_forward

Body fat deep below the surface is a toxic risk, especially for your heart

arrow_forward

The Conversation
INTERWEBS DIGITAL AGENCY

Politics

Did BLM Really Change the US Police Work?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has proven that the power of the state rests in the hands of the people it governs. Following the death of 46-year-old black American George Floyd in a case of ...

a Guest Writer - avatar a Guest Writer

Scott Morrison: the right man at the right time

Australia is not at war with another nation or ideology in August 2020 but the nation is in conflict. There are serious threats from China and there are many challenges flowing from the pandemic tha...

Greg Rogers - avatar Greg Rogers

Prime Minister National Cabinet Statement

The National Cabinet met today to discuss Australia’s COVID-19 response, the Victoria outbreak, easing restrictions, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment an...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Business News

5 Ways a Printed Marquee Can Help You Sell More at Markets

If you’re a local business owner, you probably already know that outdoor markets are a great way to reach customers and sell your product. If you already have permanent premises, they allow you ...

News Company - avatar News Company

5 Essential Tools for Working Remotely in 2020

The average, modern office worker spends 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in a company building. Since the start of COVID, however, many of these companies have allowed workers to work from home due...

News Company - avatar News Company

What happens to all those pallets?

Pallets — they're not something everyday people often give much thought to. But they're an integral part of any business which receives or distributes large quantities of goods. But once the goo...

News Company - avatar News Company



News Company Media Core

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion