PM calls for tougher, national parole laws after Brighton siege



June 09, 2017 11:46:17

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a national approach to parole laws after revelations the man behind Monday night’s terrorist attack in Brighton had a history of extremism and violence.

Key points:

  • PM wants stronger presumption against granting parole to persons with links to terrorist groups, extremism
  • COAG meeting will also discuss a proposal for a national jail for terrorists
  • But Mr Turnbull says current incarceration system is working

Mr Turnbull will use a meeting of state and territory leaders in Hobart today to call for a stronger presumption against granting parole to those with links to terrorist groups and extremism.

The Government has been critical of a decision to release gunman Yacqub Khayre on parole last December, despite him being on a terror watch list and having an extensive criminal history.

“Let me be very clear, if you have someone who has terrorist sympathies and who has a propensity to violence, every day they are not on the street is a good day, it is a good day,” Mr Turnbull said.

“We want to ensure that people with those characteristics are not out on the streets.

“We will ensure that there is a strong presumption against the granting of parole of bail, consistently, across the country, to persons who have shown support or had links to violent extremism and violence.”

The meeting of premiers and chief ministers is also expected to address proposals for a national jail for terrorists.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who has called for national intelligence agencies to have a greater involvement in parole decision, said the idea was worth pursuing.

“Perhaps a fit for purpose, centralised prison where all of these offenders can be properly jailed and where we can have one policy, one focus on what is a very big threat to every single one of us,” Mr Andrews said.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said the Federal Government could “not just force the issue onto the states”.

“Terrorism is a crime that crosses borders and it’s a crime the Federal Government is extremely concerned about,” he said.

Mr Turnbull told reports the proposal had not been discussed with him and the current incarceration system was working.

“What is critical is people who are a threat to Australians are not out on the streets,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The critical thing is to protect the public, to protect the safety of Australians. That is what Australians expect their leaders, here assembled in Hobart, to agree to do.”











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