Australia: Labor politician against orders that would block extremists from accessing radical content online

Herald Sun, October 18, 2017.

A police-backed intervention order regime to help deradicalise extremists has been blasted by Labor as “real nanny state stuff”.

Opposition immigration and border protection spokesman Shayne Neumann hit out at the proposal this morning, saying the scheme — which would mirror family violence intervention orders — would be “an extraordinary intervention” into the lives of extremists.

“This is real nanny state stuff, this is almost totalitarian intervention into people’s domestic and family life without the individual … committing any act,” Mr Neumann said.

He made the comments during a parliamentary hearing with Police Federation of Australia chief Mark Burgess, who said the national police union body supported the intervention order scheme in principle.

It has been developed by government MP Jason Wood, a former counter-terror officer in Victoria, who has been lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The orders would result in extremists being banned from accessing radical content online, interacting with other extremists and going to specified places of worship.

They would also be referred to deradicalisation programs and counselling services, with the involvement of vetted religious and community leaders….