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Graffiti could lead to citizenship removal

Posting graffiti on commonwealth property could be used as a reason to cancel Australian citizenship based on current rushed legislation, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey has warned.

Posting graffiti on commonwealth property could be used as a reason to cancel Australian citizenship based on current rushed legislation, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey has warned.

Canberra, AAP – Citizenship could be stripped for offences as minor as vandalising commonwealth property under draft laws before parliament, a legal expert has warned.

Anne Twomey, professor of constitutional law at Sydney University, says the inclusion of such minor offences suggests ‘chaos’ and inexperience in the drafting of the legislation, which plans to strip citizenship from dual national terror suspects.

‘If you intentionally destroy or damage any commonwealth property, that’s it, you’ve automatically lost your citizenship,’ Prof Twomey told ABC Radio on Thursday.

But Tony Abbott has said putting Australian foreign fighters in jail is ‘easier said than done’.

Despite last year passing legislation creating no go zones for Australian travellers, the prime minister told the Magna Carta lecture in Parliament House on Wednesday night that it is hard to secure a conviction.

The federal government is hoping, with Labor’s support, to pass new changes to the Citizenship Act ensuring an Australian who participates in terrorism against Australia automatically forfeits their citizenship.

Parliament’s intelligence and security committee has been asked to consider whether the draft laws should be retrospective.


One response to “Graffiti could lead to citizenship removal”

  1. Daen says:

    It does not appear to be by accident.

    In a stroke of luck, the Australian Constitution prevented a Minister from using secret information, obtained secretly and declaring someone “No-longer an Australian Citizen”

    *Phew!*

    So all the advice the Government obtained means the addition of the section: “Intentionally destroying or damaging commonwealth property will result in automatic forfeiture of citizenship for Australian dual-nationals” cannot be seen as ‘accidental’.

    What else could this section be used against – CSG protestors against the AFP? TPP Protestors? American Military build up in Australia protests?

    For all the possibilities – only last year the Government claimed computer hackers were ‘terrorists’. Should we filled with comfort that the person responsible now for defining ‘terrorist’ as these new laws apply – is the Immigration Minister.

    What are they up to?

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