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Home Affairs Minister Receives Powers to Extend Detention for Convicted Terrorists

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has called for additional powers to keep convicted terrorists who posed an “unacceptable risk” to society, in prolonged detention. But, experts are sceptical of the government handing more powers to Australia’s domestic security apparatus. Andrews said there were currently 51 offenders serving jail terms on terrorism-related charges in Australia, with another 32 before the courts. “With several of these offenders reaching the conclusion of their prison sentences in the next few years, the need for effective risk management measures to keep our community safe is greater than ever. It will be an important focus of mine,” she told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on Sept. 14 in her speech “The Road from 9/11.” Federal Parliament is also considering a new amendment—the Parliament the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020—that will create a new Extended Supervision Order scheme. “Currently, I, as Minister …

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