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Australia seeks to extend terrorism controls to 14-year-olds

13 September 2016
Australia seeks to extend terrorism controls to 14-year-olds

Australia announced plans to strengthen anti-terrorism laws and extend monitoring by authorities to suspects as young as 14, said Bloomberg on 12 September.

Proposed legislation would enable courts to impose post-sentence detention for high-risk terrorist offenders, Attorney General George Brandis told reporters in Brisbane. The government also believed the scope of control orders, which can require suspects to submit to a curfew and restrict their contacts with others, needed to be widened, he said.

“Sadly, we have seen terrorism events perpetrated in Australia by people as young as 14 years old,” Brandis said. “We will be extending the lower-age threshold of control orders to 14 and making other important reforms.”

In December 2014, a gunman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State died along with two hostages after taking a group of staff and customers captive in a central Sydney cafe. Australian authorities have disrupted about 10 planned terrorism incidents since September of that year, Brandis said.

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