Getting the terrorist legislation right.

Notorious Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf’s wife and children, including the son who was photographed holding a severed head, are seeking to return to Australia.

The question that will be debated widely is “Should they be allowed to return?”

Had the events in Syria, that were widely reported in the media, occurred in Australia, this barbarian Khaled Sharrouf’ would not be allowed to have access to his children.  Child protection laws would not allow it.

Now the family wants to get away from their murderous father and husband. We should do everything we can to help them.

Which bit of “abusive relationship” don’t we understand?

Many people would say that 22-year-old Tara Nettleton has made her bed, now she must lie in it. But her three children deserve better than to be living in Syria with a barbarian father.

On that basis alone, they should be allowed back into Australia.

Tony Abbott is ramping up the rhetoric on homeland security, the war against ISIS and antiterrorism. Australia is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to keep Australians safe. The total result of this expenditure so far is the arrest of two stupid teenagers. This is not to say that they didn’t present a risk, they certainly did. But a couple of big fish have got away.

Authorities really did drop the ball over Khaled Sharrouf’.

They had Khaled Sharrouf’ convicted and jailed for terrorism offences in Australia. And he was let out of jail. And then he went to fight in Syria.

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Why wasn’t he left to rot in jail? How did he get out of the country?

We also seem to have dropped the ball on Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis.

These seem to be a couple of signature failures of the policy of making Australians safe. It certainly didn’t make Tara Nettleton’s children, who must now be deeply traumatised, safe. Nor did it help the victims of the Lindt cafe siege.

Should we let Khaled Sharrouf’  back into the country?

Yes, of course we should and let him be judged by the full force of the law and serve as an example to other would-be terrorist’s for the rest of his natural life.

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