Peter Adamis 2 July 2014. To download the complete article click on on: AUSSIE ISLAMIC LEADERS UNITE AGAINST TERRORISM The news is good and it demonstrates the Abbott’s government mature approach to dealing with those who are and were intent on leaving Australia’s shores to fight or partake in foreign wars.
What is also of a relief is the governments sensible and commonsense approach to empowering Law enforcement agencies with the appropriate powers to come to groups with and prevent Australians leaving Australian shores to become involved in a war that is not in the interests of Australia. Attorney-General George Brandis has been instrumental in consulting far and wide with Australia’s Islamic leaders to ensure that what was being proposed and put into acting allayed the fears of Australia’s Islamic communities.
This in its a huge step forward in coming to grips with, understand ding and implementing countermeasures against the many Islamic online social media sites that attempt to seduce and recruit young and naive men and women to their cause. This is certainly not the first time that Australians have left Australia to take up arms in another country and despite all of the counter and preventive measures it will still be somewhat difficult to police without infringing on the privacy and rights of Australian citizens. Still it’s a positive step forward and we can only support such measures morally, ethically and in kind support.
We can first begin by reviewing our natural mistrust of Islam and of cultures and communities that appear alien to our way of life and try to understand them. Alternatively those of the Islamic faith would require to provide programmes that assist new arrivals into Australia to understand our way of life, our culture and what freedom means to us. Although programmes in the past have touched upon cultural differences and understanding of diverse communities, such programmes require reviewing and upgrading in order to keep abreast of government and world events that ultimately have indirect affect on Australia and its citizens. The Syrian Civil war, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lankan Civil war, the unrest in Africa amongst its many nations and the volatile Middle East with its myriad of problems.
Australia’s early warning systems are based upon maritime, ASIS intelligence gathering, our overseas embassies, trade missions. I addition, Air and ocean data intelligence as well as gathering intelligence via electronic means within Australia by targeting individuals and communities of interests without intruding on the privacy of its citizens. . ASIO and DSD should be provided with sufficient and favourable resources to monitor, prevent and counter online cyber warfare attacks upon Australian business and it citizens.
According to public online media reports and from government websites, the Australian government has consistently provide advice to the general public and to government institutions of the rise in cyber crime and business intelligence that are not in the interests of Australia by non Australian security partners. All Australians should become savvy with their computers and upgrade their own skills and knowledge to ensure they are safeguarded against cyber crime and cyber warfare.
The Voice from the Pavement – Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538