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Malcolm Turnbull has changed his tone on terrorism to meet the pressures of an anxious Australia. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Terrorism’s footprint on our politics

Radical Islamists will never overthrow Western democracies. What we're talking about is the effect the terrorist threat has on our wellbeing as a multicultural society, and on our politics.
Professor Michael L'Estrange will be one of three to conduct a review into Australia’s intelligence agencies. Alan Porrit/AAP

Intelligence agencies to be scrutinised

Malcolm Turnbull has announced an expert panel to undertake a broad review of Australia's intelligence agencies over the next few months.
George Brandis says the government will adopt the proposed changes to anti-terror laws that criminalise disclosure. AAP/Lukas Coch

Despite changes, terror law will still curb press freedom

Until a public interest exemption is included in Section 35P, the offence will continue to impact press freedom and have a chilling effect on media organisations’ ability to report on ASIO’s activities.
In a new book, author Frank Moorhouse calls for a new compact between intelligence agency ASIO and Australian society. AAP/Dan Peled

Book review: Australia Under Surveillance

Frank Moorhouse is known primarily – but not exclusively – for his award-winning fiction such as the Edith Triology. In more recent times, he has turned his considerable talents to the role of the Australian…
ASIO and Australia’s other intelligence agencies need strong oversight to avoid the type of behaviour that went unchecked in the US after 9/11. AAP/Alan Porritt

Only in America? Australia needs safeguards against torture too

Earlier this week, the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 program of detaining and interrogating suspected terrorists during the Bush administration…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has raised the possibility of banning radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Grattan on Friday: Banning Hizb ut-Tahrir would probably be counter-productive – even if it were possible

Fairfax journalist Tony Wright tweeted on Thursday: “In-air bombing operational details against enemy on the bullhorn, on-water operational matters against leaky boats at 6 fathoms.” It’s a pretty accurate…

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