Read runes of war for terror’s cause

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 …

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 a world power, Britain, which called itself Christian.  There was little of Christ’s teaching in British colonial …

Save criminals from polly radicalisation

So, three of the idealogical ‘stooges’ of the Turnbull government, ministers Hunt, Sukkar & Tudge, could face hard time in the slammer for contempt of court (“Ministers to be hauled before Supreme Court after criticising terror sentencing”, Canberra Times, 15 June). We can only hope that they won’t find themselves facing …

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, Canberra Times). Placing the whole population in “protective” custody would be the ultimate security strategy. …

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 comes from having stood outside the mainstream consensus on austerity and war for 35 years. …

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 anyone who has had any association with a terrorist and is convicted of a crime be …

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, growing to72 in 2016 (“Politics live: Turnbull govt confronts spies, lies and refugees”,canberratimes.com.au, May 31 http://tinyurl.com/yddbcny. …

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 even preventing them obtaining a passport. I speak on behalf of rehabilitated ex-offenders – if we …