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Hanson fuelling Islamic extremism: Greens

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Belinda Merhab

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson reacts during a panel discussion at the National Farmers Federation congress in Canberra. © AAP Image/Lukas Coch One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson reacts during a panel discussion at the National Farmers Federation congress in Canberra. Pauline Hanson and coalition members have been accused of fuelling Islamic extremism with comments that make young people feel ostracised.

Greens senator Nick McKim says comments by high-profile anti-Islamic figures like Senator Hanson is making it more difficult for ASIO to keep Australia safe.

"Comments that have been made from coalition members in the past few years, along with comments from Senator Hanson, have contributed to that feeling of being ostracised that in fact opens up more young people than would otherwise have been the case to being radicalised," he told parliament.

"They are playing into the hands of the very people they purport to oppose."

The Senate is debating controversial counter-terrorism legislation on Tuesday that would allow control orders to be imposed on minors from the age of 14.

Senator McKim says the government must make the case for the strong new powers, warning there's a danger control orders could become the "new normal".

The fact that police accountant Curtis Cheng was murdered in 2015 by 15-year-old schoolboy shooter Farhad Jabar was not in itself an argument to lower the age at which control orders would apply, he said.

"You should not and never should make laws based on the circumstances of an individual case."

Labor frontbencher Jacinta Collins said the opposition supported the legislation but its commitment to bipartisanship on national security did not mean it would support every measure proposed by the government.

She said much of the bill was uncontroversial but Labor had been critical of some aspects, working with the government to improve it by ensuring the rights of minors were safeguarded.

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