Watch chief of ASIO shut down Pauline Hanson's quite reasonable questions about refugees and terrorism

This is bloody outrageous!

The chief of ASIO Duncan Lewis is not telling the truth, "I have absolutely no evidence to suggest there's a connection between refugees and terrorism".

 

 

Abdul Nacer Benbrika, mastermind of the MCG bombing plot and currently serving a 15 year jail sentence was in Australia as a refugee fleeing his "unsafe" country of origin Algeria.

How is it The Australian uncovered these 22 cases published on 8 October last year - but the details somehow eluded the boss of ASIO?

Syria refugee intake reveals 22 terror cases

Canberra’s independent security checks have found at least 22 “potential national security concerns” among refugee applicants since the special intake of Syrian refugees was announced in September last year.
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Up to 22 people trying to join Australia’s extra refugee intake of 12,000 Syrians face rejection because of fears they are linked to terrorist organisations, including Islamic State, which used refugees as “camouflage” to enter Europe and carry out the Paris attacks last year.

The Weekend Australian can reveal the government’s independent security checks, involving biometric data and shared intelligence reports, have found at least 22 “potential national security concerns” among refugee applicants since the special intake of Syrian refugees was announced in September last year.

All those applying for Syrian refugee status to Australia in the Middle East have to undergo health, character and security checks before being accepted.

The 22 security concerns include those with links or suspected links to terrorist groups including Islamic State, which terrorised and plundered large areas of Syria and Iraq and claims to have sent 4000 trained terrorist fighters into “sleeper cells” around the world.

In the past few weeks, Euro­pean security chiefs have disclosed that seven of the nine attackers in the Paris shootings and bombings last November, who killed 130 people and injured 368, passed into Europe through Hungary in last year’s uncontrolled mass migration.

ENDS

This country is headed for serious strife if we continue deluding ourselves.  Worse still when people who should know the truth spout PR spin-cycle rubbish like the boss of ASIO.


"Thought-leader & change-agent" Chelsea Clinton says climate change interconnected to child marriage

Thanks to the Daily Caller for the tip on this.

The former first daughter made the claim while participating on a panel at the CARE National Conference in Washington, D.C. this week, which was broadcast on C-SPAN2. Clinton was introduced as an “activist, thought leader, and change agent,” according to the Daily Wire.

“Just listening to the concerns around education and climate change, women’s health, child marriage, access to technology, all of those are of course interconnected,”  Clinton said. “We have to focus on each of them in their interconnectedness, as well as individual outrages that do demand our attention.” 

 


The Australian's Strewth today - Ray Hadley delivers universal legal advice "Bugger the Law!"

Fascinating exchange between the very impressive Peter Dutton and his polar opposite Ray Hadley yesterday on 2GB.

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Strewth: bugger the law

Unlike Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton still has the ear of Ray Hadley. Among the topics the ABC-loving Immigration Minister and 2GB broadcaster discussed yesterday was the problem of jihadists returning home from their training grounds. As tends to be the case when Hadley is involved, things took a turn for the even more interesting than expected.

Hadley: “I mean the left hand, the left-wing hand-wringers are saying: Oh, you know, you can’t do this, you can’t do that. I mean what, we bring them back here so they can blow us up?”

Dutton: “Well, we’ve got to act within the law. I mean that’s the first principle …”

Hadley: “Oh, bugger the law, Peter, bugger the law.”

Dutton: “Well …”

You’ll recall freshly minted ACTU secretary Sally McManus getting into a spot of strife in March when she observed, “I believe in the rule of law when the law is fair and the law is right. But when it’s unjust I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it.” Who would have thought that barely two months later this radicalisation would have spread to 2GB?

ENDS

And here's your very own Bugger the Law ringtone to cut out and keep!

Download Hadley ring tone


"What do we want? Dead Cops" movement rewarded with $50,000AUD cash - Sydney Peace Prize goes to Black Lives Matter

In the aftermath of the Manchester atrocity and developments in the Abdel Magied matter we've missed an unmistakable marker of our moral decline.

The ratepayers of Clover Moore's Sydney City Council and the taxpayers who fund the University of Sydney are the major sponsors of this......

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........which every year awards this.........

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......after very very important people like these guys get together........

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.....and make decisions so unspeakably offensive they defy decent language, like their decision this year to award the $50,000 cash Sydney Peace Prize to..........

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Black Lives Matter argues there should be no police and no jails.

We need to abolish the police, period. Demilitarize the police, disarm the police, and we need to come up with community solutions for transformative justice,

Many Black Lives Matter operatives actively campaign for police to die to achieve Black Lives Matter's aims.

Here's one of the 3 co-recipients of the City of Sydney and University of Sydney's $50,000 cash prize talking to The Guardian.

I'd be surprised if you lasted longer than 3 minutes or so. 

The mantra that blacks are more likely to be shot by US police is crap.  

http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2016/07/the-data-on-us-police-related-deaths-involving-black-people.html

The City and University of Sydney have lost their marbles.

Black Lives Matter is associated with dangerous criminals like Nigel Farrakhan

http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2016/07/white-americans-need-to-do-a-better-job-of-listening-when-african-americans-talk-about-the-seen-and-unseen-barriers-you-fac.html

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“So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”

This is a post on Facebook a mate of ours drew to the attention of authorities last year.

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Facebook didn't see any problem with it at all.

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I'm unaware of anyone being brought to justice for the incitement to kill in that graphic.

And now you can add Clover Moore's City of Sydney and the University of Sydney to the cabal of supporters and funders behind the Black Lives Matter terrorists.

When Australian taxpayer and ratepayer funds or "valuable considerations in kind" are used to support and reward criminals trying to overthrow law and order in a Western democracy and ally like the USA we have a very big problem. 

Anyone care to speculate as to where this path leads?


AUSAID millions still pouring into Islamic State controlled southern-Philippines as President Duterte declares martial law

This is the instrument through which Philippines President Duterte declared martial law in the Southern state of Mindanao.

The Philippines Constitution allows the President to make a martial law declaration in cases of invasion or rebellion.

On 27 June 2016 we brought you the news that Islamic State had declared Mindanao a province of the Caliphate.

Islamic State video announces creation of a province in The Philippines

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Jun 27, 2016 - The Islamic State's media arm released this video sometime during the past week. ... the Islamic State or Caliphate in the southern Philippines - this from ... Australian Federal Government is funding Islamic education classes ...
 
Invasion and rebellion - looks like both criteria are met for martial law.

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This is then Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith PSM on 24 June 2008 at an Australian Aid funded story telling session at an Australian Aid funded educational facility in Mindanao.

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In 2011 we knew the security situation was bad and getting worse.

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But we batted on, sending more and more money.

Marawi City was first given a regional office to manage our aid money in 2012.

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Bangladeshi Muslim nationals palatable to local Muslim tastes run the show for us in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Marawi City is notable for having the highest number of private Madrassas (the local plural is Madaris) - or typically home-based Muslim "schools" with a fundamental Islamist education.

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After we reported on the Islamic State claim of sovereignty over Mindanao, I wrote to Bishop and DFAT asking if they were aware of the Islamic State presence.

DFAT wants time to answer our query on Australian taxpayers pay $38 ...

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Jun 28, 2016 - Is the Australian Government aware of the Islamic State claim that Mindanao is ... Is the DFAT funding for Muslim education in Mindanao affected? ... groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines.
 

Why is DFAT planning to spend $60M to fund Islamic Madrassas for ...

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Jun 29, 2016 - The Australia-Philippines Development Strategy highlights Australia's goal ... Is the Australian Government aware of the Islamic State claim that Mindanao is ... Is the DFAT funding for Muslim education in Mindanao affected?

 

Julie Bishop took no notice.

It was only after Donald Trump became President that big-noting Julie "discovered" the Islamic State presence.

Julie Bishop discovers the Islamic State caliphate in The Philippines 9 ...

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Mar 28, 2017 - Last June we wrote to DFAT in light of our increased funding to the autonomous Muslimregion in the Southern Philippines. Our letter advised ...
 
 

The Philippines confirms what I reported to DFAT last June - Islamic ...

www.michaelsmithnews.com/.../the-philippines-confirms-what-i-reported-to-dfat-last-...
 
Jan 31, 2017 - Philippines Confirms Communication Between Islamic State in Syria and ... Is the DFAT funding for Muslim education in Mindanao affected?

$100M of our money helping educate next generation Islamists in ...

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Mar 24, 2017 - Jun 29, 2016 - that the Philippines island of Mindanao had become a province or ...Islamic State video announces creation of a province in The Philippines ..... on its 2017-2023 fundingfor Peace Through Education in Muslim ...
 
ENDS
 
We would not send money to fund schools in the Islamic State controlled areas of Syria and Iraq.
Yet that is what we are doing in the Southern Philippines.
We are fair dinkum off our rockers.
 

Mark Scott interviews Ahmed Fahour who defends his $5.6M salary, 'I was bemused as other CEOs were doing things to their secretaries......

Fahour starts talking about 10.30 in.

Fahour reveals he considered a career as an actor but missed  out on a movie role to Vince Colosimo.

About 40 minutes in the conversation turned to "what I'm getting paid".

"CEOs are well paid people, so to someone sitting there on $50,000, it doesn't matter what a CEO gets paid, it's too much".

"I was bemused (at the criticism) - it's not as if I held a gun to the government's head."

"I was bemused at the time because there were some CEOs that were doing things at the time that were not so great to their secretaries and not running their businesses very well.  But no one seemed to care about what they were getting paid".

The best I can say is this guy lives in a very different world from most of us.


Peter Dutton on Abdel Magied ABC axing "One down, many to go" - Back your minister Malcolm!

Good on Peter Dutton for putting so much distance between himself and Turnbull - let's hope it's contagious and his colleagues have some of it rub off on them too.
The cleanout with Abdel Magied and her ilk has to start with the government itself sacking her.  
This is Day Two since our request to Julie Bishop to do that and no response from her office yet.
Dutto should do more of this stuff - it gives conservatives hope for a possible Liberal Party reformation.
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Thank you to Fairfax for this ray of sunshine!

 

'One down, many to go': Peter Dutton calls for ABC purge after Abdel-Magied axing

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has called for a purge of ABC personalities in the wake of the broadcaster's decision to axe Yassmin Abdel-Magied's program, which he welcomed as "a good start".

"One down, many to go," Mr Dutton told 2GB radio's Ray Hadley during their regular Thursday morning interview. 

The minister reserved particular opprobrium for the Q&A program and its host, senior ABC journalist Tony Jones, which he said exemplified a cultural problem at the public broadcaster.

Hadley and Mr Dutton were infuriated by an exchange on Monday's episode, before the Manchester bombing, between Jones and visiting physicist Lawrence Krauss on the likelihood of Westerners becoming victims of terrorism.

Krauss: "The real people who are in danger from Muslim terrorists are in the Muslim countries."

 

Jones: "I suppose, if you're a young black American, you're more likely to be killed by a policeman."

Mr Dutton, a regular critic of the ABC, blasted Jones and the program despite admitting that he does not watch it.

"It's a cultural problem at the ABC and the board needs to deal with it," he said.

"Tony Jones, who is obviously a well-credentialled, experienced journalist - his behaviour in that instance, I think is a disgrace."I actually think there is a fundamental problem with the ABC, particularly around Q&A - the composition of the audience, the selection of these people on the panel and the direction it's given by Tony Jones.

"I don't watch it and it's a waste of taxpayers' money. You're right, you've raised my blood pressure."

Mr Dutton said air time should be given to the victims of crime and the families left behind, rather than "some academics or people who seek to get their face on Q&A".


One year ago - our article on Manchester police chief forced to apologise to Muslims for overly-realistic Muslim terror exercise

It's just over a year since we published this piece on the Greater Manchester Police training exercise involving a Muslim suicide bomber who yelled Allah uh-Akhbar before blowing himself and others to bits.

One year ago the police chief was heavily criticised for the authenticity of the exercise.

Muslims demanded an apology for the "stereotyping" of a Muslim terrorist as a Muslim terrorist.

And because they are Muslims, they go it.  A grovelling one

The real thing one year later had everything to do with Islam.

The first step in fixing a problem is to realise you have it.

UK police chief cops caning from Muslims - terror exercise too realistic - apologises for Jihadi yelling Allah uh-Akhbar

 

On Monday evening UK time Greater Manchester Police held a terrorism training exercise at the Trafford Centre shopping mall - in the wake of the real-life Paris and Brussels attacks.

Congratulations to Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester police for running a realistic exercise to help protect his people from the real thing.

The key to exercises like this is realism.   Without realism in an exercise you might as well read a book.

Realism is the reason the trademark shouts of Allah uh-Akhbar accompany the suicide Jihadi as he kicks off proceedings in the customary Mohammedan manner.

But rather than being congratulated by his citizens for his initiative and the realism of the training exercise, today Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan is in more shit than Ned Kelly.   The video of his exercise was released to the media and the realism in it is what's brought him undone.

This exercise was held because of the reality of Islamic terror.  It was precipitated by recent European experience of Islamic terror.  It was about responding to Islamic terror techniques.    It took into account learned experience from previous Islamic terror attacks; and Manchester Police should now advance the literature that helps free-world authorities keep us as safe as possible from Islamic terror.

So it's disappointing but not surprising that Muslims have attacked the exercise.   Why?   Because of its realism.   Because it depicts a Muslim in the role of a Muslim terrorist

Here is a smattering of the dialled-up outrage.

Rather than debriefing his troops and recording the fresh experiences of the very expensive exercise, Garry Shewan has cameras camped around him and the world chasing him for a response to the Muslim outrage.

And he folded like a blanket.

Suddenly the realism that all anti-terror forces train with had gone from being a goal of the training to be "unacceptable".

And sure enough, before the Trafford Centre was completely clear of cordite - out came the apology to Muslims from a police force training to respond to a Muslim terror attack because the training made the perpetrators look too Muslim.

If police in the United Kingdom can't conduct training against Islamic terrorists because it stereotypes Islamic terrorists - what reaction can we expect when police double-tap real ones?

A part of the realism of an exercise like this is managing the PR response to the prototypical Muslim outrage as Muslims are identified as the terrorists.   With great respect to Garry Shewan, and with acknowledgement that I'm in an armchair safely away from the pressures he's facing, he failed that test today.

He could easily have answered yesterday's criticism by pointing to the reason the exercise was running - Islamic terror.   They do the stereotyping, not us.

I would hope that exercises that aim for realism like Greater Manchester did yesterday will learn from this experience and that it makes its way into the literature.  A community must recognise it has a problem before it can start to fix it.   Yesterday, Garry Shewan excused the Muslim community once more for pretending it's nothing to do with Islam.


Fifield speaks “As Minister Responsible for the ABC” in condemning Quadrant online article

On Tuesday Quadrant online published this story - as of 9AM this morning it's still online.

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It's an opinion piece about the ABC's QandA written by Quadrant's online editor, Roger Franklin and it contains this paragraph:

Life isn’t fair and death less so. What if that blast had detonated in an Ultimo TV studio? Unlike those young girls in Manchester, their lives snuffed out before they could begin, none of the QandA panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty.

The original version contained the sentence "Had there been a shred of justice, that blast would have detonated in an Ultimo TV studio".

I think the line was stupid, offensive and will diminish the standing of the 61 year old Quadrant magazine.  But it's clearly tagged as what it is - the opinion of one man.

Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle and Board member Nick Cater have apologised for the publication and stated that Mr Franklin (Quadrant's online editor) will be counselled and internal processes changed so Mr Franklin can't self-publish his own material.

For me that would be the end of it.  But not for their ABC by a long, long way.

Here's the ABC and friends with their almost unbelievable overkill - not bad coming from the masters of offence giving.

The ABC has reported the article to the Australian Federal Police for assessment. 

The normally taciturn Senator Mitch Fifield made a statement on indulgence during a parliamentary committee's hearings to condemn Quadrant, stating its story was "sick and unhinged" and sets  a "new low" in Australian public debate.

 

It's fascinating that in condemning the article and coming so publicly to the ABC's defence, Fifield sees himself as "The Minister responsible for the ABC".  File that one away.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie wrote to Keith Windschuttle demanding the "vicious and offensive" article be removed immediately and further demanding an apology from Quadrant.

"Quadrant promotes itself as 'the leading general intellectual journal of ideas'".

"Those words ring hollow in the wake of last night's vicious and offensive attack on the ABC, its staff and its program guests," she said.

For Ms Guthrie simply changing the article is not enough.  It has to be removed, full stop.  The editorial changes made before her letter "had done little to undo the damage".

"I am appalled at your willingness to turn an act of terrorism in the United Kingdom into a means of making a political point against those you disagree with," Ms Guthrie wrote.

She said the ABC was forced to reassure worried staff, "working long hours to provide extensive coverage of this unfolding [Manchester] tragedy".

Ms Guthrie said the ABC had been put to the expense of being forced to call in security experts to assess any possible impact flowing from the "inflammatory words".

Yesterday a note was sent out to ABC staff saying comments had been made that constituted "veiled threats" against the ABC's Ultimo premises and had caused concern to some staff.

"ABC takes all threats against staff seriously and pro-active steps have been taken to ensure the safety and welfare of all staff and users of ABC Ultimo.

"While consideration is given to minimise inconvenience please appreciate that intermittent increased security presence and more rigorous security screening is to ensure staff safety and well-being," the note said.

So precious are the ABC staff that ABC mandarins have taken the additional precaution of blocking internal ABC access to Quadrant online.

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Seriously guys - it's one man's opinion.

It was offensive, unnecessary and intemperate.

It's been apologised for - and employers and readers can make their own minds up about whether Mr Franklin's writing is their cup of tea or not.  No one forces anyone to go and seek out Quadrant's online presence.

Isn't the ABC reaction overkill?

The ABC has serious form for offence and outright life-threatening conduct.

Remember the ABC's crew dressed as Osama bin Laden etc breaching the APEC security cordon in a dodgy limousine with dodgy secret service types running alongside?

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Remember the Chris Kenny copulating with dog scandal and the Chaser "sketch" satirising the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, "It's pointless making extravagant and selfish wishes come true because the children would only die anyway".   As a recently bereaved father of a 5 month old baby girl I can tell you how it felt to watch that - it was "vicious and offensive".  I got Mark Scott on the radio on 4BC and he apologised for it - and that was the end of the matter.

As it should be for Quadrant.

The ABC has more recently brought you

an article comparing President Trump with Hitler, stating Trump is equivalently irresponsible and narcissistic.

an opinion that drone strikes are "radical Christian terrorism".

a call for a national monument to shirkers alongside the Australian War Memorial

promotion of  a tax on men masturbating to fund women's access to health care

 

And just a fortnight ago ABC News featured this:

ABC News 'If Sydney had a superhero...it was Trough Man", lying in various men's urinals for the purpose of being piddled on 

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Twitter has been ablaze, Fairfax foaming and the ABC won't forgive and forget.  

Why maintain the rage ABC - do you want to set a precedent?

 

PS - for what it's worth, taken from http://quadrant.org.au/about-us/

Legal Notice

All views expressed in Quadrant and Quadrant Online are those of the individual authors and do not reflect the thoughts, opinions or beliefs of the editors or of Quadrant Magazine Ltd.

PPS - for our readers - you'll have noted my published thoughts on the Quadrant publication - it was "stupid, offensive unnecessary and intemperate and will diminish the standing of the 61 year old Quadrant magazine".

I'll predict that by the end of the day the Left will be climbing into me for supporting Quadrant.

Anyone care to take a wager?


Letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop regarding new information on the ABDEL-MAGEID ANZAC Day social media scandal

Dear Minister,

 

ABDEL-MAGEID, Yassmin - offensive ANZAC Day social media post and fitness to remain on Government Boards

 

On 8 May 2017 you wrote to Senator Eric Abetz to advise him that “In view of Ms Abdel-Mageid’s apology” (amongst other things) you would not remove her from membership of the board of the Council for Australian Arab Relations.

You set out the background to your decision - as it relates to Ms Abdel-Mageid’s highly offensive ANZAC Day social media post:

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NEW INFORMATION NOT PUT BEFORE YOU

On 8 September 2016 the US/British author Lionel Shriver gave the opening address to the Brisbane Writers Festival.

She said fiction writers should be limited only by their imaginations to create whatever stories they want, without restriction on their “cultural appropriation” of the “identity” of persons from different racial, religious, gender or cultural backgrounds from the author.  - speech here 

Ms Abdel Mageid was present and was incensed at Ms Shriver's speech.  Abdel Mageid walked out during the talk, wrote an essay attacking Ms Shriver and demanded a Right of Reply from the organisers of the Festival - essay here.

On 10 September 2016, Ms Abdel Mageid was given the opportunity to address the Festival with her  Right of Reply. Ms Abdel Mageid spoke passionately about minority groups and their right to “own" their culture - and that even by writing about it, a white person has improperly appropriated a part of that culture in a manner tantamount to theft - and certain to cause great distress.

The Right of Reply was video recorded and is posted online here.

After a discourse on “who owns” a particular “identity” and “who gets to decide on what is cultural appropriation”, Ms Abdel Mageid said, 

 

"... I don’t know, like I feel like sometimes people get annoyed if you

want to claim anything for yourself or want to say well actually something

is sacred umm... and then, and, but I’m not able to take it the other way

around. So if I went around saying well, the ANZACS were kinda rubbish,

you know like Gallipoli, what is that, I would get crucified. I mean look

at me, I’m a brown Muslim woman. Like imagine if I went around hating on

Gallipoli? People would die. I would, like, but... anything that is

deem... that I deem as sacred, is fair game.."

 

In those prepared remarks delivered 7 months before Anzac Day 2017 Ms Abdel Mageid predicts precisely the impact her ANZAC day Facebook post would create.  It shows considerable insight into both the significance of ANZAC Day and the reaction from the Australian public should she proceed to appropriate and misuse that identity.

“I would get crucified…..people would die” (metaphorically presumably, given it was we and not the Ottoman Caliphate that prevailed after the ANZAC’s first outing).

In September 2016 these were well developed ideas as delivered by Ms Abdel Magied, “If I went around saying the ANZACS were kinda rubbish, you know, Gallipoli, what is that, if I went around hating on Gallipoli etc etc” then she adds “but anything that I deem as sacred is fair game”.

That was precisely the construct of her ANZAC day social media post - the Syria, Manus Island, Palestine issues (deemed close to her heart) presented in the context of simultaneously “hating on” or disrespecting the ANZAC identity.

 

Ms Abdel Mageid misleading you and the public

At 9.42AM on Anzac Day, about 50 minutes after posting the offensive post, Ms Abdel Mageid published this apology (my emphasis):

"It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologise unreservedly".

In the context of her exquisitely detailed thesis on the cultural appropriation of ANZAC Day and the consequences there of, it’s difficult to see how that apology could be sincere or truthful.

You report that Ms Abdel Magied “profusely” apologised to you and the Australian Government on being told of the Government’s “deep concerns” and of your dismay at her “highly inappropriate” post.

You report that Ms Abdel-Mageid was “mortified” that her post was seen as a reflection on and rejection of the sanctity of ANZAC Day and the sacrifice of our veterans and their families.

Ms Abdel-Mageid claims to have only intended for the post to be a reference to current global conflicts and crises.

You accepted Ms Abdel-Mageid’s apologies and explanation about her intended meaning and mortification as to being misinterpreted as truthful.

I think her September 2016 recorded, considered and public-record statement casts great doubt on the sincerity of Ms Abdel-Mageid's apology - and on the veracity of her claimed innocence and “mortification” that her post had been construed as reflecting on the sanctity of ANZAC Day.

The public and you as Minister must have confidence that appointees to Boards advising Government tell the truth and have Australia’s best interests genuinely at heart.

Perhaps you might reconsider whether Ms Abdel Mageid retains your confidence and let us know of your decision.

I propose to treat this as an open and public communication with you.

Yours sincerely

 

Michael P. Smith

ENDS

Here is the Minister's letter to Senator Abetz detailing her reasons for not acceding to the Senator's request Ms Abdel Mageid be removed from Government Boards.


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Insights into Islam and terror - Part Two - What can the world learn from Waleed Aly's PhD?

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Dr Aly has the ear of government.

He has a starring role in a nightly TV show.

The ABC furnishes him with regular radio slots and the Fairfax press seems ever ready to run his pronouncements.

So it's useful to look at what the world has learned in practical terms from Dr Aly's time at university producing his doctoral thesis.

His topic is global terrorism - quite timely.

And here's the synopsis.

Towards a Structuration Theory of Global Terrorism

byWaleed Aly
A vast body of academic literature over half a century has attempted to explain the causes of terrorism. This literature has generally not drawn on the insights of grand social theory, reflecting that terrorism studies is largely a theoretically barren field. It has instead tended to offer explanations that either focus on a singular structural phenomenon (like, say occupation) or the features of the individual terrorist (such as that person’s psychology). This study contributes a new theoretical understanding of the area by using structuration theory to analyse one particular subtype of terrorism: global terrorism. It identifies that this type of terrorism is distinguished by its post-Westphalian characteristics: its ideological content, its conception of its enemies, its sphere of political action, and its diffuse, increasingly leaderless structure all simply bypass the Westphalian frame that captured previous expressions of terrorism. This reveals that globalised (or glocalised) structures of late-modernity, what Bauman calls “liquid modernity”, are importantly implicit in global terrorism.
   
   This study develops an account of the causes and nature of global terrorism anchored in a version of structuration theory synthesised from the seminal works of Giddens and Bourdieu. In this, it relies on the more recent literature on the concept of “radicalisation”. That literature is not theoretically embellished, but offers the potential of an account of terrorism incorporating both structure and agency. Here, Moghaddam’s “staircase to terrorism” is most promising, and this study applies structuration theory to the social and psychological processes of radicalisation Moghaddam describes.
   
   Global terrorism is anchored in the structural contradiction that exists between the globalisation of identity, and social and political causality on the one hand, and the availability of only Westphalian conventional politics on the other: between the liquid, and the solid. This contradiction brings multitudes to Moghaddam’s ground floor with a shared sense of fraternal relative deprivation. This generates perverse consequences for social agents and precipitates a sense of existential anxiety. Radicalisation only commences, however, when agents seek to restore their ontological security in unconventional ways. One example is via a securitising narrative that explains the nature of this structural contradiction to them, and constructs an abject, enemy other. Because this other is abject, constructing it is also a process of constructing and sacralising the self: out-group hatred becomes symbiotic with in-group solidarity, and becomes an act of identity creation. This facilitates the moral transformations necessary for terrorism to happen, which is also facilitated by the increasingly small isolated social groupings in which agents find themselves as they ascend Moghaddam’s staircase.
   
   This progression is the consequence of the decisions and actions of knowledgeable social agents. The process of ascending Moghaddam’s staircase reveals an ever-evolving interaction between each agent’s habitus, the social fields they inhabit and the capital they seek in those fields. An agent ascending Moghaddam’s staircase, increasingly inhabits unconventional social fields in which the capital of conventional fields becomes less sought-after, and a more radical symbolic hegemonic order takes over. This in turn alters the agent’s habitus, making increasingly radical action more imaginable.
 
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You'll note that the former PR for the Islamic Council of Victoria, the Sunni Muslim Waleed doesn't mention Islam or the word Muslim.
 
Apparently Islam doesn't have a role.  A person's occupation does, his psychology does, gobbledygook gets a run "glocalisation" and "liquid modernity" - but no Islam.
 
This bloke is a danger to us because he's taken seriously.
 
He's setting us back in our ability to see and engage with the reality we face.
 
He should be called out for the charlatan he is.