SHORTEN'S JIHADISTS NEXT DOOR
Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com
Remember how many times Labor told us they would deliver a surplus but did the opposite? I can’t because I can’t count that high. They’re at it again, but this time they're playing a more lethal game.
Last September, increased intelligence chatter was so hot our security agencies warned that Australia faced an imminent terror attack. Tony Abbott took Bill Shorten into his confidence and showed him what our spook chiefs knew. Clearly Bill was rattled by what he was shown.
For the first time he was at one with the PM.
"The Prime Minister and I are partners when it comes to matters of national security and protecting Australians. We are in this together," Shorten said.
"This is not a distant crisis for us. It is absolutely in our national interest that ISIL be defeated. I thank the Prime Minister for his willingness to engage with the opposition.”
More meaningless, empty words.
We now have about 20 returned Jihadists roaming the streets courtesy of Labor’s watered down security laws. Without Labor’s backing these terrorists can’t be successfully prosecuted.
So much for a partnership in matters of national security.
Labor Senator Jacinta Collins led the charge to weaken our Foreign Fighters Bill allowing trained and experienced Islamic terrorists to live and plot amongst us. This from the party infamous for destroying our national border security.
In an effort to secure bipartisanship on counter-terrorism, the government was forced by Labor’s Senate numbers to soften our security laws that originally banned travel to specific countries. Labor also wanted an amendment to the Foreign Fighters Bill that would have allowed Australians with family living in designated terror zones to travel freely.
Some in Labor wanted it softened further to allow travel for people who had friends in the region.
More holes than Swiss cheese.
Labor’s changes have made prosecution for travelling to banned destinations difficult because it’s impossible to prove whether jihadists in Syria, had gone to the no-go zone in al-Raqqa because movements inside the country’s terror zones are not monitored.
With growing numbers of returning Jihadists, Shorten’s office was contacted to ask whether Labor would back a toughening of terror laws to ban travel to entire countries. No comment.
Shorten knows what he said, but he’s not sure he agrees with it.