PM calls for Australians to unify

Malcolm Turnbull calls IS ‘weak’ and asks Australians to unify.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Malcolm Turnbull delivered his first national security statement as Prime Minister in a speech to Parliament on Tuesday. He declared that Islamic State (IS) is ‘weak’ and that Australia will not be “fooled” into increasing its military presence in the Middle East.

Mr Turnbull stated that IS has “many more smartphones than guns, many more Twitter accounts than soldiers” and “ISIL is in a fundamentally weak position.”

“We must not be pulled by its hype. Its ideology is archaic but its use of the internet is very modern,” he said.

Mr Turnbull offered his sympathies for the victims and families of the Paris terrorist attacks, and admitted that while a terrorist attack on Australian soil may be likely, Australians must remain “clear-eyed and strategic” rather than letting “grief or anger cloud our judgement.

“When innocent people are dying at the hands of violent extremists, no matter where in the world this is happening, hard questions are asked of societies like our own,” he said.

However, the Prime Minister ruled out significantly increasing Australia’s military presence and sending Australian troops to fight on the ground in Syria. Instead, he emphasised a unity of the Australian community at home, in an effort to reassure people of the efforts being made to guard against terrorism.

He emphasised that a “strong and trusting relationship” between the Government and the people is “crucial to ensuring the right messages reach the hearts and minds of those who might be vulnerable to the propaganda of terror groups.”

“We will defeat these terrorists, and the strongest weapons we bring to this battle are ourselves, our values, our way of life,” he said.

“This is not a time for gestures of machismo; calm, clinical, professional, effective – that’s how we defeat this menace.”

Read more at theguardian.com

Are you concerned about a possible terror attack in Australia? Does the Prime Minister’s request that Australians unify and take comfort in the Government’s work ease your concerns? 





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    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    8:37am
    I'll dig out My Fire Brand and Pitch Fork ! :-)
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    9:36am
    Stop it You Heathens ! Or We'll throw Cotton Wool at You !! :-)
    Jannie
    25th Nov 2015
    10:02am
    We will need more that that particolor before this is over we are just beginning to encounter attacks against us.
    wally
    25th Nov 2015
    11:49am
    parti, once we have rallied the peasants, gathered up our torches and farm implements, whose castle do we storm first?
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    12:30pm
    You wont be Storming anything here ! You'll be too busy protecting your own property !! :-(
    Kaz
    25th Nov 2015
    9:01am
    These questions are to ponder: did we offer freedom to those who do not fully understand what that means (it means freedom for everyone); was the assimilation policy successful in that it made new people to Australia feel welcome and wanted; do our new policies make others feel that we have allowed them to come, rather than want them to come and be part of us?
    When shoppers look at clothes and drop them on the floor, when a shopper rams into another and states "this is our country now", when an ill neighbour is abused, when a young girl has her earring pulled out while shopping - have we got it wrong?
    Saalbach
    25th Nov 2015
    9:47am
    Not really sure what point you are trying to make, but I agree with your concern that if we as Australians are rude to each other, expect others to pick up after us in shops, act violently to each other, are abusive to police, ambulance officers and others in authority, support groups such as Reclaim Australia, then how on earth can we expect those who flee here seeking abetter life, to assimilate? There are times when I am disgusted by the way we behave, and wonder why refugees would want to come here. The only way to beat terrorism is for us all to treat each other with respect, accept our differences, and to help each other. Hopefully that is what you were trying to say.
    Jannie
    25th Nov 2015
    9:50am
    Have witnessed the shopper ramming into others, the car parks are just as dangerous I have been hit three times in the Roxburgh Park shopping centre from uncaring lunatics reversing out of parking spaces not looking for on coming traffic, speeding cars and no number plates on cars the law is out of hand. We have to put a stop to the camel drivers and their rude attitudes, not respecting our laws or culture.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    9:54am
    And they NEVER Intended to obey anything here upon arrival !
    ITS THEIRS NOW !! :-(
    Saalbach
    25th Nov 2015
    10:03am
    Actually Australians are the main problem - we seem to think we are more important than anyone else (regardless of race colour or religion) and just do what we want on the roads, streets and in the shops. We would be better off with more refugees who could teach us some manners and respect.
    buby
    25th Nov 2015
    10:03am
    ahhhhh Saal, do you really think they want to ASSimulate. I think not!!
    I've learnt, they don't teach their children anything MUch!
    If their child goes overseas, and joins Isis, Father then wants to Sue the Gov..... OH hell. ITs his child, why does he not stop the child from going. Nought to do with Gov!!! They need to learn to take responsiblity for their Family!!
    Teach them peace, and how to assimulate, it should be happening in the home? but obviously somethings not quiet right there?
    buby
    25th Nov 2015
    10:05am
    yes there are problems like that in other areas of melbourne too Jannie. I often wonder how some got their drivers licences!!!
    Coss they sure as hell can't drive.
    roy
    25th Nov 2015
    11:43am
    I am so so glad that I don't live in or anywhere near a dump like Melbourne.
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    12:49pm
    "... support groups such as Reclaim Australia ..."

    Anybody who has read the Quran, is even slightly aware of ongoing Islamic terrorism, and who has even half a brain, WILL support Reclaim Australia - unless they want Sharia Law...
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    12:53pm
    "The only way to beat terrorism is for us all to treat each other with respect, accept our differences, and to help each other."

    Then terrorism will NEVER be beaten: Islam treats non-Muslims with no respect, just contempt; they NEVER accept differences; and they don't help others (even other Muslims!). WAKE UP!!!
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    12:59pm
    "Actually Australians are the main problem"

    Idiot. YOU are the main problem, Saalbach - and other Australians of your ilk. Get your head out of your arse and remove the rose-coloured glasses.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    1:07pm
    And if He's not one of them, I'll eat the Trumpet Lilly's in My garden !!
    :-) :-)
    KSS
    25th Nov 2015
    1:27pm
    DrPolymath; if it is a matter of respect only, why don't Sunni respect Shite Muslems never mind those who don't follow Islam?
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    2:08pm
    Well that started a long time back, when they were Running out of Christians and Jews to Slaughter and started picking on each other and Formed into Tribes. And have been Butchering each other ever Since !! :-( When they couldn't find any Christian's and Jews that is !!
    jamesmn
    25th Nov 2015
    9:26am
    is this clown who was voted in by his own party not the people of Australia really that far out of touch the way he is heading he would not know if a terrorist group touched him on the shoulder also who paid for his wife to attend the latest summit when she had nothing to do with it but extra baggage that was taken along at the taxpayers expense he should be made to pay for all of her costs including airfares accommodation and all of the rest she had nothing to do with the meetings is this another bishop in the making first he moves his money from the Solomon islands when he became prime minister to stop rorting the tax system he should be held accountable he is like abbot cannot even make a proper speech the only reason he is ahead in the polls is because he has not made any promises to break he is still riding on abbots promises he made a couple of statements then withdrew them when realised they would not get through the senate trying to attack the pensioners again same policies different captain.
    fish head
    25th Nov 2015
    9:47am
    James Joyce you are NOT.Try using a full stop or so.
    Jannie
    25th Nov 2015
    9:52am
    fish head you are rude also
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    12:33pm
    Rudeness will not be Tolerated in this Politically Corrected land !! :-) :-)
    KSS
    25th Nov 2015
    1:29pm
    "Rudeness will not be Tolerated in this Politically Corrected land !! " unless from a follower of Islam to an infidel. Then its OK.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    8:34pm
    CORRECT !! :-) :-)
    Jannie
    25th Nov 2015
    9:58am
    Saalbach you have got it wrong Kaz is not talking about true blue Australians. Granted there are bogans out there but they are the minority we are talking about the imports who disregard us and our laws. I rented a house to such persons from o/s and $15,000 worth of damage later they stated to me they could do what they wanted it was their house, go figger, I had to take them to VCAT to have them evicted. Sorry there is no respect for us, and they do not like us when there are a few beheadings perhaps you all will stand up and take a stand. The Koran teaches them - death to all infidels.
    Saalbach
    25th Nov 2015
    10:08am
    What rubbish! Take your blinkers off and see things the way they really are. Sure, you may have had problems with some individuals from another country, but we can be just as bad. The point the PM was making was that we as a country (including people from other beliefs, race etc) need to work together to keep this country great. Attitudes of "them versus us" are only going to make the problem worse. Fortunately my behaviour to others doesn't put me in the infidel group - does yours?
    buby
    25th Nov 2015
    10:11am
    Not all aussie are rude and arrogant.
    a Few days ago, I was sitting in a carpark, i had finished eating a takeaway i had bought. and while talking on my phone to a friend, i found my self being honed by some phone toting bearded person whom i didn't know. but was lurking round and walking round and round me and my car in the car park. and it was not until i got off the phone, and i started my car and started to leave, then this person just disappeared. It was weird, and a bit scary. but should it happen again i will be taking happy snaps, and talking to the police.
    I think we should all start to be a bit vigilent!!
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    10:44am
    Sounds like You were Alarmed and Alert !! That's not what We were told to do !
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    1:06pm
    "What rubbish! Take your blinkers off and see things the way they really are."

    You utter MORON! That's PRECISELY the advice YOU should take.

    "Attitudes of "them versus us" are only going to make the problem worse."

    That's the viewpoint of Muslims: us (Muslims) versus the rest ('infidels').

    Grow a brain, wake up to reality, and READ THE QURAN. Maybe then you'll appreciate that what you're spouting here is UTTER BULLSHIT.
    Kali-G
    25th Nov 2015
    10:48pm
    TODAY I WATCHED TURNBOLL ON TV.
    I WAS SO EMBARRASSED, DISAPPOINTED ASHAMED AND ANGRY ....THAT WE HAVE THIS WEASEL WANTING TO BE GREAT FRIENDS WITH MOSLEMS..........HE IS A TRAITOR...AND IDEOLOGICAL IMBECILE..... ONE CANNOT MAKE FRIENDS WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO KILL YOU.
    HE IS WORSE THAN NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN SIGNING A PIECE DEAL WITH HITLER!
    THAT DID NOT WORK OUT ???
    20 MILLION PEOPLE PERISHED!!!!
    AUSTRALIA IS DOOMED TO BE LIKE EUROPE NOW WITH THIS WEASEL!
    MILA
    25th Nov 2015
    10:25am
    Those who support ideas, cultures, principles that do not fit into Australian's values - those are the ones who also do not wish, will never integrate UNLESS YOU BECOME ONE OF THEM Not only Civil Education is needed before the right of voting is granted : people have the wrong perception about DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND MORE. Islam in itself is the devil: say no more and, if in doubt read the Koran as well as European an d Middle East History as well as African: if you do not fit into their arcaic and inhuman ways you become dead meat. HOW MANY MORE HAVE TO BE KILLED FOR LEADERS TO SEE THROUGH?
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    10:32am
    I made several attempts at reading it But I'm sorry ! It made Me Sick ! :-( :-( Its now where it belongs !!
    Saalbach
    25th Nov 2015
    11:22am
    It seems to me that you and many others making comments here, don't have the values I was brought up to have as an Australian. We were told to respect others, to accept that people are different but to treat them the same as anyone else. Not too much of that accepting attitude going on in the comments here! Maybe Tony Abbott should have put some of our own people on the boats before he turned them around. We might have had a more tolerant society now if he had.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    12:09pm
    I think I'll go and Kiss Sarah after that !! :-)
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    1:20pm
    "It seems to me that you and many others making comments here, don't have the values I was brought up to have as an Australian. We were told to respect others, to accept that people are different but to treat them the same as anyone else."

    I was brought up with those same values: at an INDIVIDUAL, personal level, I start by treating such individuals - even Muslims! - with DIGNITY (they have to EARN my respect); and I expect exactly the same in return. If that isn't forthcoming, then that individual can just piss off.

    Passive, blind acceptance of Islam is nothing but SHEER STUPIDITY, and a lemming-like encouragement to be conquered. EVERYWHERE Islam goes, strife ALWAYS follows. WAKE UP, you cretin.
    MILA
    25th Nov 2015
    10:29am
    AND AS FAR AS "POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACKS" WELL, THEY STARTED IN THE U.S.A. SOME 15 YEARS AGO (Nearly) AND HAVE NOT STOPPED AS FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES ARE SIMPLY GETTING SODOMISED BY ISLAMICS WHO HAVE A VERY CLEAR INTENTION: ONLY TO CONQUER THE WORLD. THEY MUST REMAIN IN THEIR ISLAMIC COUNTRIES .....EVEN SO, THEY DO NOT EVEN GET ALONG WITH ONE ANOTHER. LET US GET READY TO CELEBRATE XMAS AS IT IS FOR OUR CULTURE OF UNDERSTANDING, FORGIVENESS, KINDNESS AND MORE: LET US GUARANTEE AUSTRALIA TO OUR KIDS AND GRAND-KIDS: IF NOT.....TOTAL CHAOS TO PREVAIL.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    10:37am
    Please Donate for a New Christmas Tree for Bankstown that the Lovely Arrivals found fit to Set Fire to ! $2,000 Damage !! Did You see it in the Media ? NO !!! :-(
    Chris B T
    25th Nov 2015
    2:22pm
    Is there any butcher selling bacon and ham in Bankstown or is that going too far.
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    7:31pm
    Not yet proven parti. But the suspects would be pretty well understood.
    Not Amused
    25th Nov 2015
    10:57am
    Turnbull (small in mind, big head, small in stature) doesn't give me any confidence in Prime Ministerial ability to keep us safe. I would love to see him front Lindt Cafe and Cheng family victims and repeat his latest waffling rubbish to their faces. Oh don't be angry, just take it all in our stride well that's ok for him with all his taxpayer funded security.Against what appears to be strong public opinion, Turnbull is bringing more incompatibles in whilst two-faced warning of another attack here continuing the risk-taking immigration do-gooding. Well, I wouldn't want to be PM Turnbull "when" what he predicts, happens. And we don't have to make people feel welcome and wanted. Those who come here are meant to do what post-WWII immigrants did - work hard, learn the language, and islamists will have to adopt our Western customs with a clear understanding that we have separation of powers - religious zealotry has no place in this society. All the changes with Christmas and military badging that so anger us are due to a minority group that grows like topsy and knocks down the prevailing culture as it marches towards its ultimate goal. Control.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    11:10am
    I saw one get a Right good seeing to the other day ! When He spat on the wrong persons car !! :-)
    Not Amused
    25th Nov 2015
    11:22am
    At least someone had the guts to stand up to them, particolor. They are "offended" by western Christmas celebrations, carols, our flag, our national anthem. Well I am highly offended by covered faces and newcomers who remain on our Centrelink benefits for decades while complaining about our host culture, standards and beliefs. Western citizenry assess personal intention, attitude, demeanour and present state of mind from facial expression and cues. That is how we interact. Yet some who want everything we have to offer except the things that "offend" THEM, defend the covering of faces while demanding we "understand" their ways. Time's up, I think. Fit in or go.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    11:32am
    Enjoy Your Halal Christmas Pudding ! :-) AY ? They don't believe in Christmas! WTF ?? :-(
    Rae
    25th Nov 2015
    5:28pm
    I'm not at all happy with paying for the halal spell casting on the food I eat.
    Jannie
    27th Nov 2015
    3:46pm
    Today witnessed at work a muslim child asking her mother if she could have a Christmas tree, the muslim mother said "no that is disgusting" WTF I was speechless but felt like giving her a mouthful. But alas we are intimidated by the muslims and scared to speak up fearing for our lives. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA AND THE DO GOODERS NEED PUTTING ON A ROCKET AND SHIPPED TO THE MOON.
    particolor
    27th Nov 2015
    5:58pm
    I think that's where PARADISE Is ? :-) :-) :-)
    wally
    25th Nov 2015
    11:46am
    "Smiling Malcolm" is still in honeymoon mode and is doing his best to make it appear that he is succeeding in making everyone happy. So far he has been able to swan around, making motherhood statements to keen the fawning media happy, and he has gotten away with it so far. He has had an easy ride and has not,(as Neville Wran once said) had the blowtorch applied to his belly.

    In short, he has not found himself in the situation where he has to actually grapple with difficult problems, both here and overseas. Only when he does and what he does will we know who we have behind the smiley face
    Kali-G
    25th Nov 2015
    10:50pm
    Correct...but soon all will wake up that he is not a leader, neither a statesman...just a cunning CEO...

    25th Nov 2015
    11:51am
    Why don"t we get rid of the bloody MUSLIMS and guess what all terrorists gone how hard is that and also a lot more dole money saved.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    12:23pm
    Lebanon tried that !! Look what happened !! :-( :-(
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    1:32pm
    I concur 1000%!!!
    SKRAPI
    25th Nov 2015
    12:36pm
    They should B asked , Do U believe we R infidels , do U follow the rules of the Quoran to eliminate all infidels & do U follow the dictates of your grand ? Mufti always even
    against Australians & why is he always controversial ?appearing at odds against Australians. &in a dispute /war of Muslims Australians who would U support ? if you gained Australian Citizenship ??
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    7:23pm
    Is that why they sew their lips together?
    SKRAPI
    25th Nov 2015
    12:36pm
    They should B asked , Do U believe we R infidels , do U follow the rules of the Quoran to eliminate all infidels & do U follow the dictates of your grand ? Mufti always even
    against Australians & why is he always controversial ?appearing at odds against Australians. &in a dispute /war of Muslims Australians who would U support ? if you gained Australian Citizenship ??

    25th Nov 2015
    12:41pm
    The PM is wasting his breath. If he could be bothered to read the Quran (and Hadith), he'd immediately realize the futility of such a call. Islam/Muslims refuse to unite with 'infidels'. End of story.
    Rae
    25th Nov 2015
    5:34pm
    Just reading One THousand and One Nights is enough to understand the where the culture is coming from and the attitude of many middle eastern people.

    The stripping of a rock platform by two car loads of muslims a few years shocked me. They left nothing behind and that rock platform can no longer be used for natural science lessons as it is dead.

    There should be very strong laws against these types of behaviours.

    Many muslims have however fitted in well and contributed to Australia and hopefully these leaders will step up and help sort this mess out.
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    7:22pm
    Do you really believe that Turnbull is acting out of ignorance? I'd suggest he is counting votes and that selling out the nation is second nature....just like his predecessor.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    8:33pm
    One of His buddies just sold Your Poles and Wires to the Middle East Mick ! Expect a Fall in Your Power Bill :-) :-)
    And if Short***t gets in He will Put a Heavy TAX on Smoked Bacon, Smoked Salmon and any other Smoked anything ! They're all Mad !!
    Jannie
    27th Nov 2015
    3:58pm
    IS IT NOT STATED IN THE QURAN DEATH TO ALL INFIDELS (NON BELIEVERS)??????????
    particolor
    27th Nov 2015
    5:44pm
    Not in Phantom Comics ! :-)
    Google... Quaran verses death to infidel
    and Command to kill infidels-Wvinters.net
    And keep reading if Your Extremely Bored !
    You'll find and Excuse for anything in there
    Hoist the Jolly Roger :-)
    particolor
    27th Nov 2015
    5:48pm
    PS.. Your friendly Barbary Pirate !! :-) :-)
    By the way that's not a Bad read either, if You like Horror Stories !!
    Sleep Tight :-)

    25th Nov 2015
    12:48pm
    Tuxedo Turnbull says we will defeat terrorists with our weapons which are our values and way of life - tell me, who in the hell does he think he is kidding?! A 7 y.o. kid wouldn't believe this prattle!! And UNITY, with whom? The only unity would be with other nations who are too afraid to do anything, as well. Bombs and bullets are the only things that will defeat terrorists, and if it requires combat infantry, so be it!! This clown PM must think that these terrorists will sit down at a bargaining table and discuss the niceties of peace, friendship, and living harmoniously together. The guy is living in Cloud Cuckoo Land and should get back to the reality and do something meaningful before these ratbag Muslim terrorists start killing more innocent people.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    1:09pm
    YEP !!
    KSS
    25th Nov 2015
    1:25pm
    Fast Eddie, we're not going to sit round a table, we'll do it on our smartphones via social media! Because they "have many more smartphones than guns".

    I wonder how many people you could kill at one time in say 45 seconds burst of smartphone rage compared to say AK47 rage?
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    1:48pm
    Fast Eddie - I absolutely concur. But because of our Constitution, we cannot directly ban Islam. However, if you pardon the cliché - there's more than one way to skin a cat. We CAN shut down mosques, ban the Quran (on the basis that it is hate speech which encourages violence against non-Muslims), close all Muslim schools, terminate their Australian citizenship (if they have it), etc. We can 'strongly encourage' the bastards to leave.
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    2:26pm
    Very good suggestions, DrPolymath, but anything so sensible and "strong" as one of these is too "hard, offensive (to minorities), Labor-some (and Liberal-some), takes effort, and, ABOVE ALL, is liable to upset the incumbent government and make them fall from their balancing act of sitting on the fence and doing sod-all whilst possibly hampering their chances of keeping their comfy, overpaid government positions come election time. It's better to just keep waffling about something, which is actually nothing, like Turnbull continues to do until another nation exercises remedial action and then he'll take credit for it. Abbott is another one who was too scared to speak the truth about terrorists while he was not n office, and would be even more afraid to back it with ACTION - the same as Turnbull.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    3:24pm
    The problem is that Muslims live in the Chains of their Cult ! And don't realize that In Australia they don't have to ! They are FREE If they wish from reprisal by others ! Well maybe that's fanciful too ?
    but its a start ...
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    7:21pm
    No particolor. Its free choice. Muslims are indoctrinated and are happy to be abused by their own.
    niemakawa
    25th Nov 2015
    8:14pm
    The UN were behind the scenes when Mr Abbott was pushed aside and replaced by Mr Turnbull. They needed Mr Turnbull in power for the upcoming UN convention on climate change in Paris next month. The UN will decide what will be done for the final chapter of Agenda 21, which will be introduced in 2021. They are using the false term of climate change, when in fact the real intention is the re-location of millions of people , throughout the world,out of rural areas into large cities. We will be told what land can be used and how it is used and the type of buildings permitted and whether "humans" can enter. People will be forcibly removed from their homes if they are found to be in a "no go" area. In short we will be controlled in every part of our life. They need tough "supervisors" hence the Islamisation of the Western world ( for now), where we will not being able to speak out against the "hierarchy".

    As happened with Mr Abbott also occurred with the ex-Canadian PM who was ousted in its recent GE. The UN again had "influence" on the outcome.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    8:25pm
    I've known that Aim foe ages ! Ordering Countries their Quoter of Toerags ! Starting Wars ! Feigning Concern ! Gouging Billions of Bucks out of Country's for their Lavish Lifestyles ! You name it !! :-(
    KSS
    25th Nov 2015
    1:21pm
    Mr Turnbull "....admitted that while a terrorist attack on Australian soil may be likely Australians must remain “clear-eyed and strategic” rather than letting “grief or anger cloud our judgement."

    So what does he suggest we do in the aftermath of the inevitable terrorist attack here? Give the terrorists a big hug and tell them we understand how vulnerable they are, how hard done by and offer them a cup of tea and a bikkie, a bex and a lie down on our bed?

    Seriously!
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    1:57pm
    Let those who bought them here and Appeasers, take the Whole Ungrateful Bunch of them down THEIR Streets and Play with them !
    I've seen Enough ! They can Bend, Bow, and Obey them all they like !! I think a lot of them would look good in Middle East Clothing anyhow !! :-)They will fit Right in and be ASSIMILATED with them !!
    Not a Problem :-)
    Linda
    25th Nov 2015
    1:33pm
    The old adage keep doing what you are doing to keep getting what you are getting applies here. The numbers are out there re the percentage of people globally who are extreme in their view and action. They try to threaten and hence scare everyone including some who understand their faith very differently than the radicals.

    I do believe we can best work together to ensure that there is friendliness across cultures and religious communities, and try to put ourselves in the shoes of others to begin to see how things look to them.

    The weapons and soldiers on the ground strategy and inflamatory media are not really working for us effectively. More of the same will only make it all worse, leaving some no where to go, and forced into situations they want no part of.

    Hate, mistrust, can be changed by human interaction, kindness and a strong sense of community and trust. It is a slower way, and it will really work. The media has a lot to answer for by not reporting some things and over reporting others, we as a people can decide not to support media that whips up fear and mistrust. This job needs seriously grown up adults, to take some responsibility for their own actions and to take some time to consider how things might be for someone being vilified in their own country. Let us unite instead of divide. We are many and we are one, it is simply wrong to make judgement about others just because of how they may look or dress. If someone is misbehaving, undermining our unity of purpose then, there should be consequences for those individuals.
    KSS
    25th Nov 2015
    1:38pm
    "We are many and we are one, it is simply wrong to make judgement about others just because of how they may look or dress."

    How about that being directed at those of different cultures and beliefs who come to Australia and want everything changed to replicate exactly what they presumably 'left-behind'. Remember the Mufti comment that Australian women ask to be raped because they are 'uncovered meat attracting cats".

    Seems to me whilst your heart may be in the right place, it is once again directed at non-moslems to be inclusive, to do the changing, whilst it is the followers of Islam who set themselves apart and demand change to suit themselves.
    Not Amused
    25th Nov 2015
    2:22pm
    It is only the weak who are forced into situations they want no part of. I feel that is an excuse for bad conduct. Western people do not fit the islamic dress criteria. It seems that the subjugation of women in this country is an unacceptable part of the religion that is worshipped by ME immigrants. Why, on hot days, are islamic women covered, often from head to toe, heads in heat-trapping scarves yet men accompanying them are wearing cool shorts and t-shirts. This culture/religion (not race) displays open contempt for women - a contempt and control that amounts to gender discrimination. There's an old saying, oh so true, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". That is the road away from divisiveness. I for one am not changing to suit the demands of those who left behind what they did not like and feel offended by what they have been given here. My mother taught, don't answer the door to strangers and don't invite anyone into your house who you even slightly suspect might put you and your family's safety or happiness at risk.
    Linda
    25th Nov 2015
    2:55pm
    It is possible to at minimum avoid poor social behaviour towards someone simply because they seem different. That would be a huge step forward. I would and can imagine a mother in a family of Islamic faith, being terrified of unknown forces courting her children into a radical set of ideas. Social rejection of human beings is very hurtful and harmful to the safety we all want to feel and and enjoy.
    We as a society have a chance to help these mothers and fathers who are very concerned about their children.

    To fully understand what to do, we as citizens must be able to comprehend the strategies being used to lure innocent and perhaps socially isolated young people from being pulled in due to their bad feelings about how they are treated in our society.

    That does not mean everyone needs to be best friends with people they meet who seem very different. If these criminals lose their fresh supply of unhappy, idealistic young people to send to slaughter then the power of the criminals is diminished. Really they are no better than paid hit men hired by other criminal elements, they are just riding on a tide of religious dogma they have plucked out of a book, just the isolated phrases and words that they think will work.

    Otherwise, we basically stand helpless to do anything that will remove the power they have at present. By vilifying these Australians we are helping their cause.

    The military solutions may be needed but must be done very well, with good information behind a solid plan. There is a quagmire of different interests in the region where these people are directing this terrible activity. It is not just right and left or up and down, it is a spaghetti bowl of different strands all jumbled up together.
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    7:20pm
    Nice sentiments Linda. I love "kindness" and "friendliness". They are wonderful traits. Unfortunately those who would supplant our culture use these qualities as weaknesses and turn our own kindness back on us.
    Do you not know that Islam has been in a jihad with christian culture for 2000 years? Do you not understand that almost everywhere Islam exists on the planet the population suffers? Do you not understand that our own muslim population REFUSE to speak against ISIS? The reason: they clearly support the crusade and want their religion to become the all encompassing religion....along with all the discrimination, end of democracy and the routine violation of human rights abuse.
    Your view of the world appears to at odds with what is happening. Once we throw in the towel we become victims. So are you happy to be abused?
    Wonga
    25th Nov 2015
    2:42pm
    I am not concerned,I am angry that we have vermin roaming around our streets intent on evil.The government know who they are,so why not change the law and lock these scum away for good.But the snivelling dogooders and lawyers would be screaming.
    Anonymous
    25th Nov 2015
    2:47pm
    Spot on Wonga you got that right.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    3:01pm
    More like the Lawyers would be rubbing their Greedy Claws together !
    And the Sarah Rice Bubbles Brigade would be Bawling !! :-(
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    5:55pm
    I recognise political correctness when I see it.
    Turnbull is happy to pander to the muslim community to keep them voting Liberal. The fact that almost all of the muslim community REFUSE to speak up against ISIS says it all. They are either for them or against them....and certainly not against them. Nothing more to say!
    niemakawa
    25th Nov 2015
    7:25pm
    You said it all. I agree.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    8:01pm
    Fill the Country with Murderers and tell You "Don't Panic Mr Mainwaring ! " :-(
    niemakawa
    25th Nov 2015
    9:57pm
    This is an extract from an article on PerthNow. 24 Nov 2015, but closed to comments. I think people have the right to protest against the changing face of Australia. I personally am not in favour of accepting any more Muslims to this country, for obvious reasons.


    "AUSTRALIA will be in “real trouble” if groups likes the ones that wreaked havoc in Melbourne at the weekend “radicalise” people against Muslims, a multiculturalism expert believes.

    Professor Kevin Dunn, of the University of Western Sydney, said the real danger of anti-Islamic protesters wasn’t outbreaks of violence, but the possibility they could successfully convert people against Muslims.

    “The danger will be if they convert ordinary people to become radicalised to their racial politics and begin to act out or act on Islamophobia, which is a bit too common in Australia. If that started to occur we would be in real trouble.”
    niemakawa
    25th Nov 2015
    7:09pm
    Nothing the Government does ( Mr Turnbull) eases my concerns. There are 2 groups that will not become "Unified" 1. Aborigines 2. Muslims. The second group poses the most serious threat of an attack here.
    MICK
    25th Nov 2015
    7:12pm
    Agree with that.
    particolor
    25th Nov 2015
    8:38pm
    I wonder if Mal has Bonded with the Army Imam yet ? :-)
    SKRAPI
    25th Nov 2015
    7:41pm
    Dr Polymath U R indeed correct but our Govs. R too weak to carry out those ideas
    Those people will never assimilate
    Jannie
    27th Nov 2015
    3:51pm
    AFTER READING THE COMMENTS BELOW IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THERE ARE A GREAT NUMBER OF US WILLING TO SPEAK UP BUT WE ARE NOT BEING HEARD. WE NEED SOME GUTSY POLLIES OR A LEADER WHO WILL TALK THE TALK AND PUT AN END TO THE PROBLEMS WE ARE FACING BECAUSE IF NOT STOPPED WE ARE IN FOR UNREST WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN AUSTRALIA BEFORE, PAULINE IS THE ONLY GUTSY ONE WHO PREDICTED JUST WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW.
    particolor
    27th Nov 2015
    5:55pm
    You are Exactly RIGHT There !! And Pauline said all that a long time back ! They should have Gone to EAR SAVERS !! But all they did was put and HOWL Her Down ! And JAIL HER !! The Ignorant
    Bar Steads :-(