TONY Abbott has signalled he is prepared to act against radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, declaring Australians are “sick and tired” of groups that act as apologists for terrorists.
The Prime Minister also declared his strong support for a controversial data-retention scheme demanded by police and intelligence agencies.
Speaking at the National Press Club, Mr Abbott talked up his government’s national security credentials and indicated the Coalition would consider further measures to crack down on groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, long a concern to counter-terrorism authorities.
“People are sick of Australian citizens — including people born and bred here — making excuses for Islamist fanatics in the Middle East and their imitators here in Australia,” Mr Abbott said. “It’s not good enough just to boost the police and security agencies millions ripped out by Labor … and to improve data retention…”