The reported death of Australian teenager Jake Bilardi in a suicide bombing last week has focused attention on Australia's counter-terrorism industry, amid calls for the federal government to speed up the funding and implementation of programs to counter Islamic State's seductive propaganda. And with Attorney-General George Brandis announcing $18 million to combat online extremism in addition to a yet-to-be-unveiled range of partnership grants, counter-terrorism is nothing if not a booming jobs-creation scheme.
War, what is it good for? Employment for the counter-terrorism crowd
What ever would those employed by the counter-terrorism industry do if peace were to break out for good?