Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews announced the Morrison Government’s intention to list the two groups as terror organisations during a press conference on Wednesday.
“Listing these organisations sends a very strong message that Australia condemns the use of terrorism to achieve political, ideological or religious objectives,” she said.
“There is absolutely no place in Australia for violent extremism. There is no cause – religious or ideological – that can justify killing innocent people.
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“The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring Australia has the right tools and legislation in place to combat the enduring threat of terrorism.”
The Base
Described by Ms Andrews as a “violent, racists, neo-Nazi group” known by security agencies to be planning terrorist attacks.
Known to have paramilitary training camps overseas and has been branded a terror group by Canada and the United Kingdom.
Hezbollah has threatened terror attacks and provided support to terror organisations.
Hezbollah’s external security organisation has been on the terror list since 2003.
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Asked why it had taken more than a year to list The Base as a terror organisation, Ms Andrews said she needed to consult broadly before making a decision.
“As I’ve indicated, it’s not something that I take lightly, and neither should I,” she said. “I take very seriously my role as the Minister for Home Affairs.”
“So I have taken the time that I need to consult broadly with intelligence organisations in Australia, and with my own Department, to get the advice to ensure that these organisations meet the threshold.
Ms Andrews said Australia “can’t be complacent” and must pre-emptively respond to the threats presented by extremist groups.
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“We know there is a threat of terrorism here in Australia and that there is a threat of terrorism right across the world,” she said.
“We have recently witnessed that in both the United Kingdom and in New Zealand. We know that the threat exists. The National threat-level in Australia remains at ‘Probable’.”
Ms Andrews said that means Australia has “credible intelligence” that there are individuals with the capability and the intent to conduct a terrorist attack here in Australia.
“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.”
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Once the two groups have been added to the terror list, Criminal Code offences can be brought against any members which will further protect Australians.
Listing these organisations brings Australia in line with multiple international partners including the United Kingdom and Canada.
Ms Andrews said she had written to state and territory counterparts and was hoping to move through the process as quickly as possible.
“Australians can absolutely be assured by this intention to list, and by the actions that we have taken, that we take Australians safety and security extremely seriously,” Ms Andrews said.
Villagers fix a Hezbollah guerrilla flag on top of a recently vacated Israeli Allied South Lebanon Army position in the southern Lebanese village of Qantra, Sunday May 21, 2000. Picture: AP
“We know that as we open our international borders, people will start to gather together, and gather in greater numbers in crowds. That’s the sort of thing that terrorists look for.”
Ms Andrews warned people to remain vigilant and aware of the risks as they returned to post-COVID life.
“I’m not here to scare people – I don’t want to frighten people. I actually want Australians to be able to go about their lives, particularly their lives pre-COVID,” she said.
“Our intention is, as a Government, to open those borders, but it is a timely reminder to all Australians that we need to be very conscious of the fact that our threat level remains at ‘Probable’.
Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Shia Islamist political party Hezbollah, is seen on a giant screen giving a speech to his supporters during a rally in Beirut southern suburb on Ashura Day, on the 10th day of the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Picture: AP
“We should always continue to be vigilant – never complacent – about the risks that we may face as we try and go about our daily lives.”
From 2013 to 2014 the Morrison Government has allocated more than $69 million to countering violent extremism programs in Australia

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