The Australian citizenship revocation provisions are an ineffective tool to fight terrorism. Most importantly they inhibit Australia’s duty to prosecute Australians suspected of involvement in international crimes.
The Australian government has left the burden and risk the foreign fighters represent, on other nation states that are inadequately resourced or prepared to meet the burden and risks the foreign fighters represent. The Australian Centre for International Justice has recommended that the provisions be repealed and for the government to act to prosecute Australians involved in international crimes.
Download the Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s Review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of sections 33A, 35, 35AA and 35A of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.