A Muslim community leader has accused Tony Abbott of using the citizenship discussion like the "reds under the bed" communist debate of the 1950s in order to win the next election.

Silma Ihram, of the Australian Muslim Women's Association, has also warned that some Muslim Australians could end up like the Rohingya people of Burma, left stateless or "shipped off to Cambodia".

She has joined the growing chorus of criticism by some government ministers and backbenchers, legal experts and community groups, over attempts to increase executive powers to revoke citizenship of suspected terrorists.

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