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Aug 18, 2014

War on Terror keeps the terrorist cash cycle going

Despite what the government might say, Australian taxpayers have been directly and indirectly helping fund terrorism for years.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter near Mosul

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22 thoughts on “War on Terror keeps the terrorist cash cycle going

  1. Mr J

    I truly lament this Government’s priorities. Fundamentally this piece by Bernard highlights that the Abbott Government has a warped idea of where to apply compliance with the law.

    Billions are spent on ensuring every recipient of Newstart and the Disability Support Pension complies with a stricter set of requirements, now with the addition of monitoring potential terrorists. Yet this monitoring outsourced to employment service agencies and the cost worn by employers.

    Billions spent on ensuring compliance with immigration matters, effectively and open cheque book. Yet general compliance with say taxation legislation, is reduced. The Tax Office cuts means less compliance officers who ordinarily bring in considerably more money than their wages; and less compliance funding to ASIC, ACCC, Medicare and Cetnrelink more broadly to prevent fraud.

    It would seem that this Government happily pays for oversight on matters that produce the least bang for our buck.

  2. Limited News

    Saudi Arabia et al have an incentive to mess up Iraq as it could take a substantial amount of competing oil production off line.

  3. Luke Hellboy

    The governments are just using the big pharma model – it’s much more profitable (for their multinational friends and benefactors) to constantly treat a condition than it is to cure it

  4. David Hand

    Well even if it’s merely a PR exercise, Sharrouf ticks all three criteria.

    And no one is saying his Facebook posts are faked, are they?

  5. Paddlefoot

    The News Ltd headline – Jihadist Dole Bludger – pushes every Rabid Rights’ hot button. Outstanding tabloid effort. To paraphrase Voltaire “If a Jihadist Dole Bludger does not exist, it would be necessary to invent him”.

  6. Venise Alstergren

    What better way than to camouflage a pointless, thoughtless, idiotic bunch of old men leading us to oblivion than by shouting WAR, TERRORISM, IRAQ, SLAUGHTER!!??

  7. Venise Alstergren

    Coincidentally the man who put the government in power, Rupert Murdoch, is one of the old men responsible for our laughable Liberal Party.

  8. DF

    When the A-G uses French, his name becomes Georges.

  9. Rais

    The supporters of IS are not Sunnis Bernard. They’re of the 19th century Wahabi sect, long sponsored in the Arabian peninsula by the Western oil seekers, as hostile to Sunni belief and practice as they are to the Shi’ah.

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