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Fear of Terrorism Doubles in Ten Years

June 17, 2015

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The number of Australians fearful of a terrorist threat on Australian soil has increased by 100% in the past ten years.

According to the Lowy Institute, a new survey released this week shows that the number of Australians feeling afraid of a terrorist attack has jumped from 8 per cent in 2005 to 19 per cent in 2015.

The Institute speculated that three top reasons for anxiety among those polled were the Islamic State jihadist group (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, terrorist attacks on Australian citizens overseas and local terrorism.

However the language used by the Prime Minister and other government ministers has come in for criticism particularly with PM Tony Abbott aiming to resurrect his declining popularity by harnessing the fear of a terrorist threat and spruiking the government’s hard line on issues of national security and border protection.

Tony Abbott has deliberately and systematically fostered community fears linking asylum seekers with terrorists, and employing ramped up terminology to create an elevated sense of fear, foreboding and hysteria.

For example, according to figures released by Fairfax, Tony Abbott has used the term “Death Cult”  346 times since September in Federal Parliament, press releases, interviews, transcripts and videos.

Hass Dellal, Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation said certain language used to describe terrorism can be counter-productive and cause anxiety and division.

Nick O’Brien, the former head of International Counter Terrorism in Special Branch at New Scotland Yard and an academic at Charles Sturt University, said it was important to examine the terms being used for Islamic State because the messaging needed to be consistent.

He said Mr Abbott’s repetitive use of “death cult” added to the confusing labels that muddle the message about Islamic State.

“He seems to be the only world leader that uses this phrase. The Brits certainly don’t use it, the Americans adopted a policy of using ISIL,” he said.

“A lot of people don’t know exactly what he’s referring to.”

With many Australian unsure who or what the so-called “Death Cult” actually is, the Prime Minister is pinning his hopes on resuscitating his fledgling popularity on the back of fear an scaremongering in the hope that voters will buy into his pledge to do “whatever it takes to keep you safe.”

However it appears that many Australians have simply tuned out or turned off.

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35 Comments leave one →
  1. Walrus permalink
    June 17, 2015 11:50 am

    Yes Muslim extremism has nothing to do with Islam which is a peaceful religion provided you submit to it or you will die.

  2. June 17, 2015 12:05 pm

    “”a peaceful religion provided you submit to it or you will die.”””

    So a bit like christianity then – believe, or you will spend eternity rotting in hell?

  3. Walrus permalink
    June 17, 2015 12:13 pm

    Yep………….pretty much same as Islam teaches……………but you have died by natural or accidental causes. Not by being murdered.

    Subtle difference dont you think?

  4. June 17, 2015 12:21 pm

    “”but you have died by natural or accidental causes. Not by being murdered.””

    Unless of course you have been bashed to death by homophobes indoctrinated by so-called christian “god hates fags” dogma…

  5. Walrus permalink
    June 17, 2015 12:35 pm

    “Unless of course you have been bashed to death by homophobes indoctrinated by so-called christian “god hates fags” dogma…”

    Well I suppose you could say that Iran treats its Gays pretty well in that case…….It’s a faster ending than being bashed to death I s’pose

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    June 17, 2015 2:52 pm

    TONY Abbott has momentarily put aside political slogans about boats and trousering for something more reverent.

    THE prime minister was preaching to the converted at the inaugural interfaith parliamentary prayer breakfast in Canberra on Wednesday, telling a room of religious leaders and other politicians that believing in something greater than ourselves made us better people.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/pm-interrupts-prayers-of-other-mps/story-e6frfku9-1227401589719

    FUCKING HYPOCRITE!

  7. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:00 pm

    FUCKING HYPOCRITE!

    Yep i agree you are dishonest TB. How many lives do you think you have destroyed by your vote in 2007??

    5,000, 10,000 who knows.

    Lots of people stuck in UNHCR camps because you voted for Rudd in 2007, replaced by economic refugees with $10,000.

  8. June 17, 2015 3:10 pm

    Politicians extolling their ‘faith’ make me fucking sick.

    And, once again, pretending that Islam, in its entirety, is nothing but ‘extremist’ is patent bullshit.

  9. Tom R permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:25 pm

    I’m too afraid to comment.

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:26 pm

    At least you’re not too stupid … see above (you)

  11. Tom R permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:31 pm

    At least you’re not too stupid

    Don’t speak too early 😉

  12. Tom R permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:33 pm

  13. Walrus permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:43 pm

    And, once again, pretending that Christianity, in its entirety, is nothing but ‘extremist’ is patent bullshit.

    Fixed it for you Leftie

  14. June 17, 2015 3:51 pm

    “And, once again, pretending that Christianity, in its entirety, is nothing but ‘extremist’ is patent bullshit.”

    Except I didn’t do that.

    Leftie my arse.

  15. Walrus permalink
    June 17, 2015 3:58 pm

    “Except I didn’t do that.”

    Actually that’s correct……………reb did !

  16. Tom R permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:00 pm

    Hilarious……………..absolutely fucking hilarious !

    It is, isn’t it. A story with absolutely no substance being transposed throughout all the media players.

    Hilarious……………..absolutely fucking hilarious !

    Meanwhile, these same muppets, who yesterday were crying that Labor didn’t pursue the payments for people smuggling, are crying because today they are.

    Hilarious……………..absolutely fucking hilarious !

  17. June 17, 2015 4:04 pm

    “reb did !”

    I kinda saw reb’s comment as providing sarcastic contrast to your initial generalist demonization of Islam, personally.

    ie. …”Yes Muslim extremism has nothing to do with Islam which is a peaceful religion provided you submit to it or you will die.”…which can’t be really read any way other than ‘All Islam Is Extremist’ (which is false).

  18. June 17, 2015 4:05 pm

    I accept that you were probably just being sarcastic too.

  19. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:13 pm

    During Abbott Govt “stop the boats” policy, more than 1050 refugees have died at sea in 2015

    And how many drowned trying to get to Australia since Abbott was elected?

    And how many people drowned trying to get to Australia when ALP/Greens were encouraging people to make the trip to Australia from 2007-2013?

  20. Tom R permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:17 pm

    And how many drowned trying to get to Australia since Abbott was elected?

    We have absolutely no idea. We know that at least 3 have been killed by our hand though.

    We also know that deaths at sea have increased since yabot started paying people to smuggle them back to who knows where.

    The last lot were lucky to survive. Their boat broke up, and most swam to shore. others had to be rescued from the wreck. And that was directly from our hand.

  21. June 17, 2015 4:18 pm

    *Disclaimer: Most of my comments should be accepted as absolutely dripping in sarcasm…

  22. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:22 pm

    The comment by TomR just confirms my belief that the ALP is a corrupt and immoral political party elected by corrupt and immoral people.

  23. Tom R permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:26 pm

    *Disclaimer: Most of nils comments should be accepted as absolutely dripping in idiocy… 😉

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    June 17, 2015 5:16 pm

    I notice Kneel’s use of adjectival phrases hasn’t improved much – too ,much repetition – … and exams are on right now … I can see an F coming up for English and Political Science …

    ==========================================

    *Disclaimer: Most of my comments should be accepted as absolutely dripping in sarcasm…

    What’s absofknlutly hilarious is that you still have to tell people … 🙂

  25. June 17, 2015 6:57 pm

    Kneel’s comments are most often dripping in tedious, ignorant monocularity.

  26. June 17, 2015 6:58 pm

    I take it the no-neck-runball is on tonight?

  27. Tom R permalink
    June 18, 2015 1:28 pm

    wow, yabots just jumped the shark I think.

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Labor of “rolling out the red carpet for terrorists” for voicing concerns about the constitutionality of the government’s controversial plan to strip suspected terrorists of their citizenship.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-says-labor-concerns-about-citizenship-stripping-rolling-out-the-red-carpet-for-terrorists-20150618-ghqyf2.html

    So even having a debate is out of the question now?

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    June 18, 2015 3:56 pm

    So how many people do ya’ll know who express fear of terrorists in Australia?

    Does anyone really believe that all the silly new LIBERAL/LABOR COALITION “anti terror” laws will stop another Monis (would they have stopped him?) or will they do more damage to our personal freedoms … ?

  29. June 18, 2015 5:29 pm

    I think the answer to that is painfully obvious, TB.

  30. June 18, 2015 5:32 pm

    And Abbott’s ‘rolling out the red carpet’ is just rank hyperbole, trying to wedge the ALP & rush through his belligerent, ill conceived violation of the separation of powers with impunity. FFS, it seems even some of his own cabinet are appalled by giving a Minister such power with no genuine oversight or accountability.

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    June 18, 2015 5:49 pm

    FFS, it seems even some of his own cabinet are appalled by giving a Minister such power with no genuine oversight or accountability.

    And while Dutton isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer … who to say that down the track … the next one (they seem to change ministries more than their socks) is just as sharp as a marble …

    I only know one minister I’d trust to make decisions that were intelligent, fair, logical, reasonable, caring and understanding, based upon an abundance of life and work experience … and luckily I married, The Minister for War, Water, Finance & Fun, quite a few years ago … 🙂

  32. June 20, 2015 8:26 pm

    Scare them, and they will squirt.

    #death.cult.death.cult.death.cult

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2015 4:02 pm

    Scare them, and they will squirt.

    #death.cult.death.cult.death.cult

    Seems that’s what happened last night on Q&A …

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