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Labor denies inquiry into their light touch security for convicted terrorist, despite majority support



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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling LABOR DENIES INQUIRY INTO THEIR LIGHT TOUCH SECURITY FOR CONVICTED TERRORIST, DESPITE MAJORITY SUPPORT June 03, 2013

Labor has voted against the establishment of a parliamentary inquiry into their decision to place a convicted jihadist terrorist in low security family accommodation in the Adelaide Hills for seven months in full knowledge of his serious criminal convictions, in response to a motion put forward by the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship today.

Mr Morrison said: “Having first rejected a request for a briefing and provide answers to written questions as well as rejecting the Coalition's call for an independent inquiry into this national security scandal, the Government has now teamed up with Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott to deny the Parliament the opportunity for an inquiry into this serious affair.

“Despite the Coalition gaining a simple majority in the Parliament on the motion to consider the Inquiry, with the support of Andrew Wilkie and Bob Katter, an absolute majority was not present, allowing the Government to avoid further scrutiny.

“This Government chose to give a convicted jihadist terrorist the benefit of the doubt, by placing him in a facility that is secured by a pool fence for seven months, before their negligence was exposed by the media and they moved him to a high security location.

“Labor’s vote against the inquiry in the Parliament today once again confirmed to the Australian people that Labor is a light touch on our borders and a light touch on national security, when it comes to immigration. That is why the people smugglers are making the most of every single day they have to cash in on the Gillard Government's border failures.

“More than 700 boats have arrived since Labor came to power, with 230 more people in just one day on the latest two.

“The Coalition will continue to pursue the Government for their light touch approach through the Parliament, and hold the Minister for Immigration accountable. Minister O'Connor has offered not a word of concern about this appalling incident, preferring to offer lame excuses for a convicted jihadist terrorist instead,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “235 people on 2 boats have arrived on the first day of June, as May surpassed April as the biggest month for boat arrivals ever on record - 47 boats carrying 3,399 people.

“As the record numbers of boat arrivals continue to be broken with every given month under Labor, the lack of border protection policies has put Australia at risk of national security breaches as we have no way of knowing who is coming into our country.

“It is certainly not reassuring to know that a convicted Egyptian terrorist, who is guilty of the most serious crimes including premeditated murder, slipped through our borders undetected and was held in a low security environment even after it was confirmed he was the subject of an Interpol red notice.

“This man is a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad terrorist organisation, that in 2001 merged with al-Qaeda just prior to the September 11 attacks, yet despite being notified by both ASIO and the AFP, the Government failed to act on this information.

“Labor’s failure to put a stop to the people smuggling trade has placed Australia’s national security in a vulnerable position

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