0826 GMT October 17, 2019
Morrison proposed allowing the government to weaken current constraints that permit terror convicts to be stripped of their Australian citizenship only if they are already dual nations and they have been sentenced to more than six years in prison, according to Reuters.com.
Morrison’s proposal will require approval from the country’s parliament, where the government does not enjoy a majority.
It is also likely to face legal challenges, experts said.
Morrison’s policy proposal comes just days after Australian police arrested and charged three dual nationals with plotting a mass attack on the public in Melbourne.
Despite the arrests nullifying the threat from this group, Australia continues to be on heightened alert for future attacks.
Australia currently sees the likelihood of a militant attack as “probable”, the midpoint on a five-level threat ranking system. It has been set at that level since the system was introduced in 2015.
Keen to give investigators added tools, Morrison demanded parliament to pass legislation that would compel technology companies to provide access to encrypted messages before 2019.