Members of the legal profession and state and federal prosecutors have questioned whether prime minister Scott Morrison’s proposal to strip citizenship from convicted terrorists born in Australia could backfire. Under new legislation proposed by the federal government, people convicted of terror offences could be deported if the government finds they are entitled to dual citizenship. The changes could see people born in Australia stripped of their citizenship and deported to countries they have never seen. “If they have citizenship elsewhere, and we reasonably believe they do, well they can go,” Morrison said on Thursday. In a joint letter to the department of home affairs, obtained by the ABC, the directors of public prosecutors of every state and territory warned that the measure could endanger the community by encouraging “non-citizens [to] travel to Australia for the specific purpose of committing criminal offences, knowing that they would effectively be rendered immune from prosecution and the consequences of conviction by making a request for removal”.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has predicted Australia’s population will reach 42 million by 2066. ABS projections released on Thursday predicted that Australia would hit 30 million people between 2029 and 2033, with Melbourne expected to overtake Sydney as the country’s largest city in less than 20 years. The projections also foresaw a rapid increase in the proportion of Australia’s population aged 65 and over, with over-65s expected to make up between 21 and 23 per cent of all Australians by 2066. The ABS also included a projection assuming the country adopted a zero net migration policy, which found that Australia’s population would be virtually the same in 2066 as it is today.
Voters in Victoria will head to the polls tomorrow for the state election. Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor government, which is seeking a second term in office, has consistently polled ahead of the state Liberal Party, led by Matthew Guy. Labor will attempt to head off challenges from the Greens in several inner-Melbourne seats, while various minor parties are jostling for seats in the state’s upper house, with successful candidates likely to benefit from complex preference deals orchestrated by “preference whisperer” and Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party staffer Glenn Druery.
And online retail giant Amazon has reopened its international website to Australian customers four months after preventing Australians from reaching it in response to the GST being levied on online purchases under $1000. The retailer, which enjoys a 49 per cent market share of online retail revenue in the United States, has struggled to launch in Australia, with Amazon’s Australian website receiving a tepid reception from customers and retailers after it launched last year. Unions have also targeted Amazon for engaging in exploitative labour-hire practices.