'We need to acknowledge that threat': Dutton opens door to more powers to counter foreign interference

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says if security agencies believe they need further clarity around their powers 'then we will look at that'.

United Kingdom has added two right-wing extremist organisations to its list of prescribed terrorist groups.

"ASIO has been working on right-wing extremism literally for decades in our country," Mr Dutton said. "I don't really care where people are on the spectrum. I don't care what country it is we're talking about, whether it's China or Russia or Iran - if people pose a threat to our country, they will be dealt with according to the level of that threat.

The government is considering additional powers to deal with "end-to-end encryption" and extending the remit of the Australian Signals Directorate to help track online paedophiles, terrorists and other serious criminals."Now you've got syndicates who are trading in these images, in the online sexual abuse of children, paying and torturing children online, and we can't do anything about it," Mr Dutton said.


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I am confused—how decisive is Australia to tackle this foreign threat if this threat is not named openly? An elephant in the room?

Great idea - let's give Himmler more power, because he's created fear-based scenarios that requires a 'strong, decisive leadership solution' to combat the 'enemy'! 😵😠😡🤬

You let them in to this once great country 🤔

Too late. Plenty of $$$$$ flying into the coffers of our political parties from foreign nationals. They don't do this for nothing.

Seig Heil!

The whole history of Australia after the settlement has had foreign interference. Is it because they are afraid that one day we might have a Multicultural constitution that is made up of Multiple nations Laws combined into one?

Regardless of the threat, I think the general consensus is to give Dutton less power. And if the AFP can't manage a simple investigation into Angus Taylor, perhaps they shouldn't have any more power either.

DOH! Are they too afraid to use the CHINA word?

Maybe he should just do his job properly with the massive ministry, powers & resources he already has 😕 👎

Dutton is correct, he’ll be PM someday.

This power-hungry bastard will never stop.

Unless of course it helps the Coalition win elections. That wouldn’t be much of a problem for him.

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