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Australia: countering local terror?

In recent weeks in Australia – and indeed in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries – the news has been dominated by events in the Middle East and the danger from local terror groups.

Peter Riddell, Vice Principal (Academic) at the Melbourne School of Theology, and Senior Fellow of Kairos Journal

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Tony Abbott & Gregg Hunt | photo: theshovel

The conservative government in Australia led by Tony Abbott has introduced two bills before Parliament to counter a potential threat from local Islamist radicals. Among its northerly neighbours, much discussion about similar legislation has been undertaken by Indonesian authorities. Malaysian authorities have made several arrests at Kuala Lumpur International Airport of Muslim citizens suspected of departing to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.