Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia said Monday that the government would seek to revoke the citizenship or curb the rights of Australians involved in terrorism and tighten immigration, visa and hate speech laws in a crackdown on terrorism. “The terrorist threat is rising at home and abroad, and it is becoming harder to combat,” Mr. Abbott said. “By any measure the threat to Australia is worsening.”
Mr. Abbott’s national security address, delivered at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Canberra, the capital, followed the release of a review of the nation’s counterterrorism operations and a report on Sunday into a 17-hour siege in a Sydney cafe, in which three people died, including the gunman, who had aligned himself with the Islamic State. The national counterterrorism strategy introduced Monday would include the appointment of a senior official to oversee counterterrorism measures, better coordination among Australia’s surveillance agencies and initiatives to counter violent extremism. The prime minister pledged stronger prohibitions on hate speech, intimidation and inciting hatred, but he stopped short of outlawing any organization. The measures he vowed to take were recommendations from the counterterrorism report. Some measures, such as a national strategy to counter violent extremism, would be debated by Australia’s state and territory governments, while others may involve redrafting some laws.
He also announced measures to curb the rights of Australian nationals, suspending some of their citizenship entitlements if they engage in terrorism. This could include restricting a person’s ability to leave or return to Australia.
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