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Peter Dutton to be granted greater powers under proposed terror laws

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton could have greater power to strip dual-national terrorists of their Australian citizenship under new laws to be introduced to federal parliament.

The new legislation would allow the government to target some terrorism offences committed as far back as 2003.

Fourteen dual nationals have been stripped of their citizen­ship under existing laws but this number is expected to rise under the proposed amendments.

The change is driven by the government’s concern a number of high-risk offenders are not covered by existing laws.

Peter Dutton tells Ray Hadley the new legislation would protect the public.

“We’re going to strengthen the laws we’ve got at the moment which I hope will bring more potential terrorists into scope to have their citizenship cancelled.

“And the Labor party again will oppose it and I just don’t know how many times they have to be told by the Australian people that people want their kids and grandkids to grow up in the safest society as possible.”

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