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Decryption of terror messages and the installation of bollards (News, 11/6/2017) will not stop a suicide bomber from trying to kill people, although they will, for a time, give a false sense of security. Such tactics are therefore a waste of taxpayers’ money. If politicians want to make our streets safe, they should examine the causes for acts of terrorism. British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was the only politician who had the honesty and courage to talk about a link between terrorism and the war on terror led by the US and its allies in Muslim countries. The mainstream news media ignored him.
– Bill Mathew, CLA member, Parkville Victoria (as first run in The Age)

Australian Constitution is a secular text

Kevin Donnelly’s criticism of the predominant view that Australia is not a Christian country is based on spurious arguments (‘Let’s not deny our Christian roots’, Australian, 15/6). Australia has Christian roots in the sense that it was colonised by

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Spooks should move to Russia, Egypt

Someone should “politely” suggest to ASIO spooks that they move to Putin’s Russia or Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s Egypt where their requests for coercive powers would be readily granted (“Spies eye broader powers”, June 13, p1-2,

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Lessons from a Labour loss…

Peter Hartcher argues that Anthony Albanese could be, like Jeremy Corbyn, the candidate of ‘authenticity’ (‘Why Albanese benefits from UK result’ SMH 13 June pages 16-17). This misunderstands the Corbyn phenomenon in the UK. His authenticity

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System failure is no reason for new law

The responses to terrorism continues to tighten the noose on democracy.  At the COAG meeting 170608, in response to the Yacqub Khayre incident, nationalising parole being discussed. Sentiment led by Attorney-General George Brandis is that

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Measure outcomes, not news headlines

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has warned of an “exponential rise” in terrorist activity in Australia inthe past two years. He cited the fact that there were 19 terrorism-related police investigations conducted in 2014,

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Respect rehabilitated ex-offenders

I respond to the federal government’s to propose “Sex fiends forced (to stay) home”. It is necessary to respond to the federal government to introduce legislation which would prevent convicted paedophiles from traveling overseas and

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Tax attack on drivers of taxis?

Why do taxi drivers and uber drivers have less rights than other Australians ? Unlike the rest of the Australian population we have to collect, administer and send off GST payments even though most of

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