Prospective immigrants and refugees to Australia should be forced to wear electronic tracking devices and be asked to reject Sharia law before entry, a Tasmanian senator says.
“I just think that Australia needs to have a better scrutiny and vetting of all refugees including the proposed 12,000 from Syria,” Jacqui Lambie told ABC’s Radio National this morning.
“It’s quite obvious it is failing, that’s why we’re having attacks going on everywhere.”
Senator Lambie said Australians should never discriminate on the basis of religion but acknowledged many had been “coming that”.
Her comments came after a post to her Facebook page insisting on a serious discussion on refugees attracted thousands of comments.
“But we do have the right and the duty to discriminate on the basis of whether prospective citizens will accept and uphold our democracy, culture, our constitution and the Australian laws,” she told Fran Kelly.
Senator Lambie said a key test of whether people would be worthy of Australia’s ‘compassion’ would be if immigrants or refugees were asked if they supported Sharia law.
She rejected the idea that a prospective terrorist could foil her plan by saying “no”.
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Senator Lambie said there was “no debate” that terrorists had managed to infiltrate millions of Syrian refugees flocking to Europe and the rest of the world.
There have been reports a Syrian passport was found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks, however, investigators are yet to verify its authenticity.
The outspoken Tasmania senator said it was time to “put our foot down” by putting electronic tracking bracelets on new arrivals.
She said the first person to have such a device attached should be “the bloody Grand Mufti”
Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed has been under pressure in recent days to clarify comments he made in the wake of the Paris attacks at the weekend.
"These recent incidents highlight the fact that current strategies to deal with the threat of terrorism are not working," Dr Mohammed said.
He condemned the Paris attacks, which killed at least 129 people and injured more than 350, and expressed condolences to the victims' friends and families.
"We call upon all people of goodwill to stand against fear-mongering and injustice," he said.
Mr Mohammed’s comments enraged Immigration Minister Peter Dutton who said he should explain why he had not directly condemned the Islamic State terrorist group.
“There is no excuse, and there is no qualification and the opportunity is there for the Grand Mufti to come out today to issue a statement that is not qualified, doesn't provide excuses," Mr Dutton told 2GB.
In response, Australian National Council of Imams released a statement on Wednesday saying causative factors were not justifications for the acts of terrorism.
"There is no justification for the taking of innocent lives," the council said.
"The sanctity of human life is guaranteed in Islam."
"Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and ANIC have consistently and unequivocally condemned all forms of terrorist violence", it said.