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Flags and new titles don’t make us safer: Greens

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 26 May 2015

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today the radicalisation of young people is a serious issue, that requires a serious response – not grandstanding.

“The first duty of the Prime Minister is to keep people safe but standing in front of flags, handing out titles and appointing new bureaucrats doesn’t make us safer,” said Senator Di Natale.

“My concern is that the daily chest-thumping and grandstanding is making people more fearful and anxious about what is a very serious and challenging issue.

“This is a government that supposedly hates bureaucracy yet on this issue they seem to be handing out new positions every day. But what we don’t see is this government actually funding the prevention programs we know work.

“Nothing in the government’s announcements today advance the cause of multiculturalism. It divides people while doing nothing to make us safer.”

Legal Affairs spokesperson, Senator Penny Wright said today that everyone has a right to a nationality.

“Any proposal to strip Australian citizens of their citizenship and leave people stateless is completely unacceptable and I’m staggered by today’s reports that the Government even considered this.”

Media contact:
Andrew Blyberg (Di Natale) – 0457 901 600
Danielle Forsyth (Wright) – 0417 173 508

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