Australian PM Abbott announces fresh security crackdown

February 23, 2015 2:10 AM

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Australian PM Abbott announces fresh security crackdown

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats, strip the passports of those with dual nationality and curb travel overseas.

Abbott, bruised politically and facing pressure for dramatic action after surviving a leadership challenge this month, unveiled the measures in the wake of a hostage siege in a Sydney cafe that left three dead in December.

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