Katharine Murphy: Our casual acceptance of terrorism measures endangers liberty


Katherine Murphy writes about it in The Guardian.

She says:

“State politicians waved through Malcolm Turnbull’s proposals for a face recognition database and 14-day detention with barely a shrug

Leaders in western democracies are quick to declare in times of national security emergencies that the threat of terrorism cannot change our way of life.

It really is time to cut the crap. Terrorism has changed our way of life, and in profound ways.  .  .  .   .  ”

Further on she says: ” . .  .  things have changed.”

“We should not pretend otherwise. All the Churchillian rhetoric, while well intentioned and fashioned to soothe, insults the intelligence of the electorate.”


I agree with what Katherine Murphy says in her article. What do you think?



4 thoughts on “Katharine Murphy: Our casual acceptance of terrorism measures endangers liberty

  1. The obsession with ‘terrorism’ is a red herring. We are more at risk from getting killed taking a bath or crossing the road. It is just the way that minority views are being pushed on a majority.
    What is sadly missing in Australia is public protests.

    1. Katherine Murphy explains: “State politicians waved through Malcolm Turnbull’s proposals for a face recognition database and 14-day detention with barely a shrug.”
      Public protests, Gerard? Well, we should be able to trust our politicians. So far the distrust probably does not go far enough. And a lot of protests won[‘t be allowed anyway. Only the “mob” is inclined to protest, like when we protested against wars!

      1. Protests might not be allowed but neither was it during the Vietnam War. Yet many did and some progressive leaders joined at the front of protests.

        Of course, we should never trust our political leaders.

  2. Enough people were fed up with the Vietnam war and joined the protests. It was a big issue in America and of course here too. These protests really had some effect politically. But the protests against the Iraq invasion were quite useless. Even though there were no weapons of mass destruction, the invasion of Iraq went ahead anyway. Australian Prime Minister Howard called us protesters ‘the mob’.


    February 16 2003

    “Marching against war in Sydney.
    Organisers of a Sydney march today claimed at least 250,000 people had turned out to protest against US threats of military action in Iraq.

    Police said safety fears had forced them to re-route the march.

    It was planned to have started and finished in Hyde Park, but organisers told the crowd police were worried about overcrowding and had changed the march destination to the Domain.

    The rally is part of a series of demonstrations taking place across Australia today and follows a similar wave of protests across the nation and the world.

    Yesterday an estimated 150,000 people marched in Melbourne in protest against US threats to strike Iraq.”


    “Ten thousand Sydney protesters returned to the streets to demand an end to the Iraq war – and this time they earned praise from police . . . . ”

    Despiste all the protests, this is how the invasion of Iraq happened in 2003 anyway:


    And so it goes . . . .

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