Australian gov't set to launch counter-terror white paper

09:22, February 23, 2010      

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A long-awaited Rudd government blueprint warns of the growing risk from home-grown terrorists radicalized by the message of violent jihadism.

A key initiative of the government white paper, to be released publicly later on Tuesday, will be introduction of more rigorous biometric checks on those seeking visas to travel to Australia from 10 countries.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to announce the government will spend 69 million dollars (62 million U.S. dollars) over four years to fund the introduction of the biometric checks.

Applicants will be photographed and finger-printed in their home country before a visa is issued.

The data will be checked against current terror watch lists held in Australia and other countries.

The white paper, scheduled for release late last year, was initiated following the terror attacks in Mumbai, India, in November, 2008, which killed 166 people including two Australians.

Source: Xinhua
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