Australian terrorism so-called ‘experts’ have questioned the government’s move to cut welfare payments to people involved in extremist conduct, saying it could push potential extremists into the arms of terror organizations. Victoria University Professor Michele Grossman said people drawn to extremism already felt alienated from the community and that the federal government’s plan would ”compound” people’s lack of belonging.
(I bet deporting them would really make them feel unwelcome)
SMH (h/t Kenneth N) ”It’s a very, very risky strategy,” she said. ”If you deny people who need benefits, it draws them to seek alternative forms of support.” Professor Grossman, whose research focuses on countering violent extremism, said recruiters for violent organizations often used financial support to appeal to new members. (How about forcing them to get a job?)
At the weekend, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the government would introduce legislation to stop welfare payments for Australians who are involved in extremist conduct. Mr Abbott said payments would be cancelled if national security agencies assessed someone as a ”serious threat to Australia’s national security.”
He cited the case of Khaled Sharrouf, believed to be fighting in the Middle East, who continued to receive welfare payments after he had fled Australia for Syria. The government plans to introduce the legislation to Parliament after it returns for the spring sitting at the end of August.
Monash University professor Greg Barton said that in cutting welfare payments, the government risked losing the trust of the broader Muslim community. ”The danger is the small advantage you might get in stopping some individuals receiving state benefits is outweighed by a much bigger loss of confidence across the whole community,” he said. Professor Barton, who is part of the Global Terrorism Research Centre, said Australian Muslims were feeling ”very fragile.” (Then they should get the hell out of Australia. Even better, kick them out)
The welfare move comes in the wake of proposed new counter-terrorism laws that will broaden the definition of terrorist activity and make it easier to arrest suspects and cancel passports. Professor Barton said that if the government wanted to clamp down on welfare payments to extremists, it should be done ”very quietly and consultatively and not trumpeted.” (Trumpet it loud and clear so that more Muslim parasites won’t want to come to Australia)