Government to list two new terrorist organisations

By Tom Ravlic

Thursday November 25, 2021

Karen Andrews
Australian home affairs minister Karen Andrews. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The Base and the entire Hizballah organisation are set to be listed as proscribed terrorist organisations under the criminal code.

Listing of The Base, a white supremacist group seeking to create a white ethnostate, as a terrorist organisation will make it the second far right, white supremacist group to be listed on register of proscribed terrorist organisations.

The first far right group that was listed earlier this year was the Sonnenkrieg Division, which is an organisation that adheres to the ideologies of the national socialist and satanic ‘Order of the Nine Angles’ movements, and encourages lone-actor terrorism.

Australia currently has Hizballah’s External Security Organisation on its list of 26 proscribed terrorist organisations but the rest of the Hizballah network has been targeted for listing because it continues to pose a terrorist threat across the globe.

Hizballah’s ESO was listed by the Australian government in 2003.

“The group continues to threaten terrorist attacks and provides support to terrorist organisations such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,” minister for home affairs Karen Andrews said.

Andrews said that the listing of these groups is consistent with Australia’s allies such as the UK and Canada.

She said that the government had zero tolerance for violence and there was no religious or ideological cause that could justify the killing of innocent people.

“The views of violent extremist groups such as these are a stain on the rich cultural fabric that we have here in Australia. There is no place in Australia for their hateful ideologies,” Andrews said.

She said that the listing of these groups means that anybody that is a member of these organisations is able to face stiff legal penalties.

“Once listed, criminal code offences can be brought against members of these groups further protecting Australians, our values, and our way of life here,” Andrews said.

Membership and the funding or the provision of other resources to proscribed terrorist organisations are considered criminal offences under law.

The Morrison government’s intention to list these two groups as proscribed organisations is subject to consultation with each of the states and territories before the listing can be finalised.


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