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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Homegrown Jihadists?

I am posting this link to Tad Tietze’s article in New Matilda on the homegrown Jihadist threat because I want to draw readers’ attention to the issue and the debate. Here is part of what Tad says:

The current, often hysterical, public debate over the terrorist threat in Australia is one in which all sides have danced around the most important empirical fact of all — that the Jihadists are a product of modern Australian society after more than a decade of the so-called War on Terror.

Here is a link to the full article, ‘Who Let All These Aussie-Born Jihadists Into The Country?’ in New Matilda



Comment from Kay
Time October 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

An interesting article by Tad Tietze. It raises some useful points, and some criticisms of the Left. The reader comments on the article are also quite interesting. And I appreciated the reference to Paul Monk’s SMH article titled ‘The ISIL challenge is an ideological battle’.

Both these articles reinforce the idea that the battle against the fantaticism of ISIS is vital. But how to defeat this bloodthirsty ideology? Not so simple! And the West does not have a good record of successful intervention in the Middle East. The hatreds within the Muslim world are too well established, over centuries, for some brief intervention by some well-meaning but ignorant external power to address. The problem of fanatical fundamentalism needs to be addressed by the Muslim world itself – and maybe one day it will.

At the end of the day, when people choose to break the law within Australia, regardless of the underlying reason, these people need to be tackled by the laws of the land. Are the new terrorist laws going too far? I admit I am not sufficiently familiar with the actual threats to our safety, nor with the details of the new laws, to have an informed opinion. But I do have major concerns about any curtailing of the freedom of the press.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

I think there is some scope for the press to undermine national security by revealing information that should be kept secret. This could put us all at risk.

It is becoming harder and harder to keep foreign hackers out of our security systems, without overzealous journalists putting their foot in it.

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