The last thing we need is to import terrorists
Peta Credlin The Daily Telegraph July 22, 2018
Can you believe it? Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop want Australia’s most notorious terrorist, the ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, extradited back here. Why, for God’s sake, when an Australian court would bend over backwards to set him free; and even if he’s locked up, it would be at Australian taxpayers’ expense? Please, let him stay in Turkey where he’s likely to face the (rather less merciful) Islamic justice that he wanted to bring to Australia.
The last thing we need is to import terrorists, even those we exported in the first place.
Over the past few years, about 200 Australians left the country to fight with terrorists in the Middle East. About the same number were actively supporting them from here.
Our agencies think about 100 were killed, but that still leaves about 100 who are likely to want to return here — not because they have any respect for us but because our system of welfare, fairness and political correctness invariably puts the interests of a few ahead of the rights of the many.
It was to keep these people out that the former prime minister first proposed stripping citizenship from dual citizens who were terrorists and started to consider measures like temporary exclusion orders for terrorists who only had Australian citizenship, like Prakash, who was born in Melbourne. The Turnbull government needs to start thinking about how you keep terrorists out — even if they are Australian citizens — not how you bring them back.
That’s because sadly, even when we’re trying to be tough, we’re still too soft. Last week, for instance, a Melbourne judge banned the fully-veiled wife of a charged terrorist from his courtroom. Good on him.
But then a special room was made available for her to watch the proceedings that she fails to respect.
I don’t pretend it’s easy for a tolerant society to deal with totally intolerant people but we have to find answers because these problems are not going away.
1/ Australian-born Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash, could be freed from Turkish custody if the court determines he isn’t under investigation for other crimes. (Pic: AAP)