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Halal fees should combat radicalism
by Jamal Rifi
The most important thing about punishment is that it should fit the crime.
New legislation to strip citizenship from terrorists with dual citizenship is a two-edged sword. When the terrorist is already overseas, I have no issues with it.
However, while punishing locally convicted terrorists is a must, stripping them of citizenship is punishing their innocent family.
We Australian Muslims have made a choice to participate in this country's democratic institutions. Achieving security and maintaining liberties should not be a seesaw equation or a zero-sum game. Having a secure nation should not be at the expense of losing our liberties or rights. For example, stripping citizenship from terrorists convicted in Australia will mean deportation after serving their sentences regardless of whether they have been rehabilitated or not — in which case, what is the difference between us and Indonesia?
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