SHE said she wanted to have a serious conversation, but in true Jacqui Lambie style, discussion around the independent Senator’s latest cause has quickly become ridiculous
Calling for more vigorous vetting of Syrian refugees and seriously suggesting greater scrutiny be applied in the processing of Australia’s intake of 12,000 from the war-torn region, the Tasmanian politician also managed to propose a one-question quiz that would stop terrorism coming to Australia. Oh, and suggested the Grand Mufti be fitted with an electronic tag, sex offender-style.
Senator Lambie drew links between accepting refugees and the risk of terror attacks, speaking in the wake of the discovery of a stolen passport near the body of a suicide attacker in Paris. She said Australia’s refugee intake process was letting down its citizens.
“The refugee vetting process has not only failed in France, but also the other Western cultures, including Australia ... and it must be fixed so our citizens’ safety comes first,” she told ABC radio. She said the process had clearly failed and “that’s why we’re having attacks going on everywhere”.
“We should never discriminate on the basis of religion, but we do have the right and duty do discriminate on the basis of whether prospective citizens will respect and uphold our democracy and culture by our constitutional and Australian laws,” she said
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