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November 4, 2005

The claim is that bombings in London in July had shown that home-grown terrorists had been overlooked in Australia. The claim is just a claim, as we have seen no evidence of home-grown terrorism in Australia. I would have thought that the threat from contagious diseases (eg., bird flu) represents a bigger threat than that posed by radicalized Australian Muslims living in Melbourne or Sydney.

Geoff Pryor

What we are being asked to do is to trust the spooks. They say there is a homegrown terrorist threat by Islamic extremists. These are the same spooks who gave us definite intelligence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that Iraq posed a significant threat to Australia, and that the only way to deal with this threat was to invade and occupy Iraq. The foundation of that senario was fiction.

Is Howard crying wolf? I'm with Pryor on this one. Howard did not tell the truth about Tampa, or children overboard, or Iraq. He has severely damaged his credibility. That is why his warnings of a terrorist threat from within are being treated with much scepticism. There is no need to go to the conpsiracy stuff: like Tony Blair and George Bush John Howard has become devalued coin.

I'm sorry. At this stage I'm interpreting it as a beat up to justify extending the powers of the national security state.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:44 PM | | Comments (3)


The shadow state is politically invaluable, there is no way for the citizenry to challenge it, or even to determine the truth. It becomes a political methodology where "security" concerns are used as an instrument to further party political and ideological agendas.

'Imminent horror beckons.' Thus we have the hyping of threats.

No doubt there will be more announceents of a/the "terror event" coinciding with bad news for the Howard Government. This is familiar territory from the Bush adminstration in the US.

The situation is made worse in Australia because, unlike the UK, we have a largely compliant media and a rubber stamp Parliament.

The executive government now effectively controls parliament and, subject to very limited exceptions, is able to have it enact unjust and undemocratic laws.

Conversely, parliament is unable to prevent the government from abusing its power; for example, by implementing unjust policies, partisan appointments to public office, the expenditure of public money for party-political advantage, and the undermining of liberal democracy.

Gary, Any Australian Republican of worth understands the weaknesses and limitations of our system. The Westminster is a hack to remove the formal executive power from the monarch, while maintaining their ceremonial power. Not good for post-monarchical societies and political systems like Australia, as it breaks strong separation of powers.

There is an op-ed in the SMH this morning by David Marr on how the Dismissal is cursing Republicans because the Liberals wont acknowledge that it was a furphy and pointed to constitutional problems in how the monarch interacts with our system.

This is Dutton/Horne republicanism, non-purpose and single issue. Republicans want wider constitutional rejuvenation to bring us up to the Enlightenment and beyond. Not just "Queen bad". Under Republican doctrine, a monarch fails it as a monarch is hereditary, and not chosen through merit or non-permanent popular legitimacy.

As to hype, this is a study on "Effects Of Government-Issued Terror Warnings On Presidential Approval Ratings" IE, it works. Before the 2004 Presidential elections, the terror alerts were going up and down like a toilet seat. They stopped changing immediately after. It helps enforce the voting patterns of what is already a risk adverse electorate, in respect to changing governments.

Republicans are democrats too; any republican rejuvenation of the constitution will be focused on improving the democratic nature of our system, as well as adding Republican imperatives such as a popularly elected head of state and constitutionally protected political rights which government cannot infringe upon.