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Pauline Hanson wants internment for Australians with terror links to 'neutralise their possible harm to this country'

Senator Pauline Hanson. Photo: Getty Images

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wants security agencies and police to have increased powers to combat terorism, including the ability to intern Australian citizens if they’re places on a watch list.

In an open letter to prime minister Malcolm Turnbull the Queensland senator posted on Facebook, Hanson said “stronger action needs to be taken on migrants and refugees who come to the attention of Australian security forces”.

And in a policy harking back to World War II, Hanson wants to reintroduce internment.

“Those on watch lists who are not Australian citizens need to be deported and those who are, interned to neutralise their possible harm to this country,” she writes.

The senator reiterated her call for a ban on Muslim immigration and also wants to revoke the powers of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal when it comes to overturning the decisions by the immigration minister

“It is imperative that the final decision in these cases should sit with the Minister and not with unelected lawyers and bureaucrats as is presently the case,” she says.

Her comments come as the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) prepares to meet on Friday, with how to deal with terrorism threats at the top of the discussion list.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is proposing that the Commonwealth plays a strong role in decisions on parole, especially when it comes to offenders on the terror watch list.

Andrews wants the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and other security agencies to be part of parole decisions for persons of interest.

His proposal comes after a Somali refugee, who was on parole for violent crimes and had previously been acquitted over a terrorist plot against Sydney’s Holsworthy army barracks in 2009, was shot and killed by police after he took a woman hostage and killed a receptionist at a set of serviced apartments in Brighton on Monday.

He claimed the attack was for IS and Al Qaeda.

Yacqub Khayre has been considered “a low-risk person of interest” by anti-terrorism authorities.

“Violent extremism is a reality we have to confront in our state and across our nation, clearly action is needed on parole and more broadly across our justice systems,” Andrews said.

Speaking on 3AW this morning, the prime minister said he “wants to make sure that people like Khayre are not released on parole”.

Asked by Neil Mitchell if he wanted to change the system, Turnbull said: “What I want to make sure is that people with these characteristics – with a history of violence and a connection with extremism – that that is taken into account and they should not be let out on parole unless the decision is taken at a higher level.”

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