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Bloated Home Affairs is keeping alive the industry of counter-terrorism

Bloated Home Affairs is keeping alive the industry of counter-terrorism

Giving more power to an ineffective Home Affairs department will do nothing to assuage livid Australians after another Bourke Street tragedy.

Tony Abbott’s English-first crusade is ideological, not educational

Tony Abbott’s English-first crusade is ideological, not educational

Crikey readers respond to Tony Abbott's English-first crusade, the role of police surveillance in preventing terrorism, and micro-parties in the Victorian election.

The extremists our counter-terrorism programs miss

The extremists our counter-terrorism programs miss

Crikey readers respond to the growth of white extremists, Australia's lagging climate policy, and Daily Mail "plagiarism" allegations.

We are spending our vast anti-terrorism budget on the wrong people

We are spending our vast anti-terrorism budget on the wrong people

The question of how we respond to radicalisation and terrorist attacks from white supremacists is increasingly relevant.

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

The government is treating us with contempt by racking up hundreds of millions of dollars of extra national security spending without debate or transparency.

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

The discovery of an unsuccessful plot to bring down an airliner should raise serious questions about whether our massive national security spending is making us any safer.

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

Once a military has been involved in domestic politics, they have a demonstrated tendency to repeat such involvement. And that often ends badly.

Security committee loses key member

Security committee loses key member

The parliamentary committee with the crucial role of overseeing Australian's intelligence agencies has suffered a blow, with the departure of its most active and experienced member.

More terror laws, fewer civil liberties: the legal War on Terror continues

More terror laws, fewer civil liberties: the legal War on Terror continues

Yet more anti-terror laws demonstrate that politicians and bureaucrats only have one solution to terrorism, even if it doesn't work.