Labor baulks at terrorism citizenship laws

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    The major parties are split over legislation making it easier to cancel the Australian citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terror offences.

    Labor members of the federal parliament's intelligence and security committee are taking the unusual step of issuing a dissenting report on the proposed anti-terror powers.

    "You don't make Australians safer by passing laws that don't work," Labor frontbencher Penny Wong told ABC radio on Tuesday.

    "And you don't make Australians safer by giving an incompetent minister in Peter Dutton more powers, and that's what the legislation that is proposed does."

    The legislation would give Mr Dutton, the Home Affairs minister, more subjective powers to declare somebody a citizen of another country.

    Late last year, Mr Dutton stripped Neil Prakash of his Australian citizenship and declared the Islamic State terrorist was a citizen of Fiji.

    Senator Wong said the minister failed to consult with Fijian experts and his unilateral declaration had "no basis in fact".

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