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Who made that pendulum?

Crikey readers have their say on the inventor of the electoral pendulum, whether East West Link can be killed and whether Bernard Keane is being too flippant.

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Essential: voters want security over liberty

Voters agree that some freedoms should be sacrificed in the name of security, but are growing more concerned about climate change. And the government is yet to benefit from the relentless focus on terrorism, today’s Essential Report shows.

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More Australians are dying at work while we chatter about terrorism

Workplace deaths are on the rise in Australia, even though we know concerted action can reduce fatalities.

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Calm down, Brandis’ new bill does not reverse the onus of proof

The Foreign Fighters Bill requires a defendant to prove why he or she was in a proscribed region. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Lawyers from the Law Council of Australia explain.

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Stay calm on terror laws — the worst is yet to come

The national security laws passed last night have problems — but they’re not the huge threat some have made them out to be. That threat is coming, and hysteria now won’t help to fight it.

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Crikey Clarifier: what are the new anti-terror laws and how do they work?

Earlier in the week, Australian Federal Police obtained the first ever preventative detention orders for three people arrested in anti-terror raids in Sydney’s north-west. But what purpose do the anti-terror laws serve and how do they work? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos finds out.

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Targeting of Muslims risks the exact terror threat we claim to oppose

The constant focus on the Muslim community risks prompting exactly the kind of terrorist threat we are supposedly working to prevent.

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Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.

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Abbott’s (and Shorten’s) lies lead Australia to a sinister place

The government has based its extensions of national security powers, and its involvement in Iraq, on lies. And they will damage us like the previous Iraq war damaged us.

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Essential: voters back Iraq action — but think it will increase terrorism

Voters are backing the government’s decision to return to the Iraq War, but they believe it will make them less safe from terrorism, despite what the government says.

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AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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We need mining, gambling and property revenues

Crikey readers talk state taxes and the threat of terrorism.

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Terror raids a media spectacle, but it’s war that puts us in danger

While we reap the consequences of returning to Iraq, it’s clearer than ever that the campaign against ISIL will struggle to be effective.

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Rundle: attacking IS will bring the caliphate into being

Taking on the Islamic State will require the West to make some uncomfortable friends. Are we going to arm Hamas? Hezbollah? Is al-Qaeda or Assad our best hope now?

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Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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Crikey Clarifier: what exactly is a high terror alert?

On Friday Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the terror threat level to “high”, suggesting a terrorist attack is “likely”. Should we all be at panic stations? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos explains.

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How army rankings translate to civilian middle management

Crikey readers have their say on terror threat levels, the real meaning of “moomba” and other issues of the day.

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Abbott has made Australia less safe — so he’s right to lift the threat level

Tony Abbott’s announcement that the terrorism threat level has been raised is correct — after all, he has taken a deliberate decision that will make Australians less safe, and done so for political purposes.

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Keane: we are failing domestic violence victims with our terrorism obsession

Why do we prioritise terrorism as a threat to Australians when domestic violence kills hundreds of women and children?

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What is the real terrorism threat level?

Crikey readers have their say on the threat of terrorism and student politics.

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The deceit at the heart of the terrorism hysteria

The global rise in terrorism in 2013 disguises that it is the West’s intervention in Iraq that is still causing misery and death.

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Getting to the core of the threat of Islamic State

The threat to the West from Islamic State depends entirely on whom you talk to — a politician, or a security official.

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Who is hurt the most from super changes?

The Abbott government’s refusal to increase super contributions will hurt the poor and women the most.

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