Tony Abbott tackles ‘the benefit of the doubt’ on YouTube.
The federal government is set to crack down on who qualifies for residency, citizenship and welfare in a bid to tighten national security.
Prime minister Tony Abbott has taken to YouTube to warn there will be no more ‘benefit of the doubt’ for those who might want to harm Australia.
He’s also indicated tougher enforcement of bail laws.
‘It’s clear to me, that for too long, we have given those who might be a threat to our country the benefit of the doubt,’ Mr Abbott said.
‘There’s been the benefit of the doubt at our borders, the benefit of the doubt for residency, the benefit of the doubt for citizenship and the benefit of the doubt at Centrelink.
‘And in the courts, there has been bail, when clearly there should have been jail.’
The comments come with Mr Abbott to next week make a detailed national security statement.
He is also expected within days to deliver the government’s response to an inquiry into the handling of the Sydney Lindt cafe siege.
News Corp Australia says one item being considered as part of the statement is a proposal by newly appointed government whip Andrew Nikolic for Australia to follow moves in Britain, France and Canada on suspending the citizenship of anyone involved in terrorism or revoking the citizenship of dual nationals.
Parliamentary secretary Steve Ciobo said the idea of stripping dual nationals, who engaged in terrorism, of their citizenship was a step in the right direction.
‘Many Australians have zero tolerance when it comes to those who are willing to murder civilians,’ he told ABC radio.