Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says changes to national security laws have been reaping dividends. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy)
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says changes to national security laws giving authorities more power to access encrypted messages have been reaping dividends.
"It has played a role, and a very positive role, in a number of investigations," he told Nine's Today program on Wednesday.
“One of the real threats we’ve got now is returning foreign fighters…they understand the art of terrorism and because they’re Australian citizens they now have an entitlement, a right to come back to our country.” @PeterDutton_MP #9Today pic.twitter.com/BhtSaDLlMx— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 2, 2019
Three men were arrested in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to attack police stations, consulates and churches.
Mr Dutton would not say whether the encryption laws specifically helped in that case, stressing investigators would have used various approaches.
"Obviously when we've got 200 people who are involved in the investigation, there are many elements that would have brought this to fruition."
On Thursday, the government will introduce legislation banning any citizen suspected of extremism from returning to Australia for up to two years.
Labor has previously raised concerns the temporary exclusion orders could be unconstitutional.
Parliament's powerful intelligence and security committee has recommended the legislation be passed, subject to 18 changes.
Opposition home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said Labor was awaiting the government's response.
"The government has yet to respond to those recommendations or to give us a copy of the legislation," Senator Keneally told ABC radio.
"We are ready and willing to work with the government, but we need to see that legislation, we need to see the government's responses."
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