Long known as not only as victims of Islamist terrorism, Australia has a history of taking the fight to the jihadists. Both at the federal level as well as on the grassroots, Aussies are taking firm but controversial separate stances against homegrown terrorists and the threat of Islamic Sharia Law gaining a foothold Down Under. As reported, the Prime Minister has poetically stated he’ll no longer tolerate jihadists within the “bosom of our Australian family”.
As reported by ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) on May 24, 2015, the nation’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be unveiling this week his plan to strip the citizenship of any and all Aussies with links to terrorist organizations. Abbott will be presenting to Parliament The Citizenship Act, which would give the government to authority to strip the privilege of citizenship from those who hold dual citizenship. According to the ruling coalition government’s plan, Australian citizenship would be forfeited if they’ve been found to be promoting, supporting or taking part in terrorism.
If and when The Citizenship Act passes the legislative branch, Mr. Abbott has kept it no secret that his next target would be the revocation of citizenship of those linked to terrorism who currently hold Aussie-only citizenship. As Abbott plainly stated, “People who are fighting with terrorist groups overseas or who are engaged in terrorist activities here in Australia are effectively taking up arms against us and it’s very hard to imagine that we should allow to remain in the bosom of our country people who are trying to destroy us.”
Long linked by treaty with neighboring New Zealand, the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) contingent has been active in south and southwest Asia during the Global War on Terrorism. ANZACs have seen combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan following both the jihadist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, and also Bali Bombings of 2002 and 2005.
Killing or wounding hundreds, it’s been widely accepted that Western tourists, mainly Australians, were targested with the al-Qaeda allied Indonesian terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiyah (Islamic Congregation). Currently there are roughly 600 ANZACs deployed in Iraq, to include members of Australia’s Special Air Service (SAS) special forces group.
Meanwhile, various Australian nationalist groups are making a stand in the State of Queensland to counter what they believe will be the spread of Islamic Sharia Law. As reported by the Sunshine Coast Daily (of Maroochydore, Queensland) on May 25, 2015, the pro-Australian groups Restore Australia, Patriotic Defence League Australia, One Nation, and Sunshine Coast Safe Communities have banded together to keep a mosque from opening in the city of Sunshine Coast.
Restore Australia CEO Mike Holt has publicly stated he has no desire to speak to local Muslims regarding their building application, simply because there’s “no point”. “We are not prepared to talk to them, we have nothing to say. We know what Islam is and we don’t want that on the Sunshine Coast.”
Not done yet, Holt painted a less-than pretty picture predicting what a future mosque would bring to the area. “There will be divorce courts, there will be marriage counselling with punishments that include cutting off of hands and feet,” he said. “There will be female genital mutilation parties; we just don’t know what else they are going to do there.”
There have reportedly been numerous Australians volunteering for Islamist terror groups, both overseas as well as within the nation. Of the many terrorists plots, both successfully executed as well as broken up by law enforcement, one of the more infamous was the foiled 2009 Holsworthy Barracks terror plot.
With ties to Australia’s top Islamic cleric Sheik Fehmi Naji El-Imam, a trio of naturalized citizens were eventually convicted for plotting to attack “Holsworthy Barracks—an Australian Army training area located in the outer south-western Sydney suburb of Holsworthy—with automatic weapons. The perpetrators planned on infiltrating the base and shooting as many army personnel and others as possible until they were killed or captured.”
Saney Aweys, Wissam Fattal and Nayef El Sayed were all found guilty of conspiring to prepare for, or plan, a terrorist attack. The three were identified as having attended the Preston Mosque, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The mosque is the seat of Australia’s leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Fehmi Naji El-Imam.