Giving more power to an ineffective Home Affairs department will do nothing to assuage livid Australians after another Bourke Street tragedy.
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 question of how we respond to radicalisation and terrorist attacks from white supremacists is increasingly relevant.
The government is treating us with contempt by racking up hundreds of millions of dollars of extra national security spending without debate or transparency.
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.
Once a military has been involved in domestic politics, they have a demonstrated tendency to repeat such involvement. And that often ends badly.
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.
Yet more anti-terror laws demonstrate that politicians and bureaucrats only have one solution to terrorism, even if it doesn't work.