Terrorists like the Christchurch gunman feed off everyday hate – it’s up to us to fight it at its source

The recent attack in New Zealand reminds us that terror can strike anywhere. One of the critical objectives of terrorists is to inspire fear, copy-cat attacks and perhaps even to provoke retaliation so that their “inter-cultural war” may continue. In situations like these, it’s usually said we can “only hope” that security services successfully stop additional attacks. …

Why banning ISIS returnees may not be our safest option

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” is an often cited quotation. Is there a kernel of truth here that can be used for the 100 or so Australian ISIS fighters who want to come home? In Australia the government attempted to remove the nationality of ISIS fighter Neil Prakash, claiming he was Fijian. …

Fake news: The dangerous Sharia myth

This article first appeared in the New Daily on August 7, 2018. Recently my aunt posted a meme on Facebook about how Sharia law is going to take over Australia. Surely ‘everyone knows’ this is true? While democracy requires free expression, it also requires the dissemination of truth. It requires that discerning minds question what they …