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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.
If people really want to create a social movement to counter terrorism, we should expand our reach offline. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Indonesia needs more than hashtags to defy terror

Indonesians reacted defiantly on social media after the bombings and shootings in Jakarta last week. But how effective is the response on social media in countering terrorism?
Indonesia should devise policies to deal with recidivism among ex-terror convicts and the spread of extremist messages online. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

To fight terrorism, Indonesia needs to move beyond security measures

Fighting terrorism purely through security measures will not be enough. Indonesia should devise policies to rehabilitate and monitor former convicted terrorists to prevent recidivism.
Militant suffragettes used arson and vandalism to draw attention to their struggle. Did they have a moral right to do so? Victoria Woodhull attempting to vote in 1871, via Everett Historical.

Militant suffragettes: morally justified, or just terrorists?

The movie Suffragettes shows the occasionally violent and sensational tactics used by militant suffragettes. Were these justified?
Legal or illegal, the US is awash in guns. Reuters

How dangerous people get their guns

Though the perpetrators of the mass shooting in California appear to have acquired their guns legally, the vast majority used in violent crimes are obtained illegally.
Tony Abbott leaves the partyroom on September 14, having lost the Liberal leadership and prime ministership to Malcolm Turnbull. AAP/Sam Mooy

2015, the year that was: Politics + Society

2015 started as it finished, with terrorist atrocities, intractable conflicts and political upheavals that toppled several leaders, including Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott.
State leaders endorsed a plan at COAG last week that would see some terrorists jailed indefinitely. AAP/David Moir

The government still needs to demonstrate that indefinite detention for terrorists is necessary

Detaining persons convicted of terrorist offences for lengthy periods after they have served their time could risk radicalising a section of the community who see the measure as unjust.

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