Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. AAP Image - Nikki Short

Abbott wants laws to ban hate preachers

NEW laws will be developed to ban radical groups and hate preachers aligned with organisations such as Hizb ut-Tahrir from entering the country.

A hate preacher aligned with Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is regarded as a terrorist organisation in several other countries, will deliver a public lecture in Western Sydney on Friday evening.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he was currently powerless to stop the individual, but hoped new laws would put an end to that.

"We have looked at banning them, but we were advised under existing law we cannot do it," he said.

"At the moment we can only ban organisations that engage in terrorism.

"Under the law that we are bringing through the Parliament, hopefully before the end of the year, it will be an offence to promote terrorism, not just to engage in terrorism."

Mr Abbott said hate preachers were not welcome in Australia.

"By all means let Australians who want to say stupid things say stupid things, but there is no point importing troublemakers from overseas to stir people up," he said.

"I am sorry we have not red-carded these hate preachers before now, but it will happen and it will happen quickly."

Mr Abbott's comments came shortly after it was revealed Australian Super Hornet jets had completed a third armed mission over Iraq.

Commander of Joint Operations David Johnston said a target was spotted on the first mission, but no munitions were dropped as the target moved into an urban area.

"The risks of conducting a strike on that target increased to a point where it exceeded our expectations of the collateral damage so they discontinued the attack at that point," he said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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