Don’t believe the hype: rumours of our terrorist threat have been grossly exaggerated
The government, intelligence community, and police force have exaggerated Australia's terrorist threat to suit their own purposes, writes John Menadue, former head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
According to an ANU poll, more than half of Australian adults are concerned that we will be targets for terrorism. However, as Greg Austin has pointed out inThe Conversation, "terrorist attacks in Australia have claimed the lives of only three people in the last decade".
Compare this terrorist risk to other risks in our lives:
The Department of Immigration has declared war on fruits and vegetables, as visitors are no longer able to bring home-cooked meals or fresh produce to visit people in immigration detention. Freelance journalist Rebekah Holt reports.