Australia’s Muslim population is around half a million. The government estimates that the number will rise by 80% in 20 years. But our experience tells us the numbers will double in 8-15 years as it does everywhere else.
Start deporting them now, one-by-one, and this problem will begin to decrease. Otherwise, they will need a bottomless budget not only to nanny every mosque across the country, but to battle terrorism within and country as well as infiltation from outside the country. The first step to security is of course to get rid of the problem from within.
Police gear up as a new generation of jihadists shift attention to them
April 25, 2015 – 12:15AM
Michael Bachelard, The Age
Victorian police have been ordered to wear their gun, capsicum spray and bulletproof vest even when staffing the front desk of a police station, as fear grows that jihadist groups may be targeting them specifically.
At 6am last Saturday, hours after five young men were arrested for allegedly planning an Anzac Day terror attack, acting Victoria Police Commissioner Tim Cartwright circulated an email to all police instructing them to be fully kitted up for each interaction with the public.
“All members performing frontline duties, including watch house duties, should be wearing full operational equipment,” a police spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.
“We have also reminded staff of some simple steps to keep themselves and their families safe, including not wearing their uniform to and from work.”
Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said that, as his members had been more successful in frustrating terror networks, including removing passports from suspects planning to travel to Syria and Iraq, the “spin-off” was a greater threat.
“Police are a target more broadly as they hold a position of authority. It could be someone else in uniform, but the conversations we’ve had, and the specific comments we’ve heard, is that it’s police who are the target,” he said.
For every police officer interacting with the public “you have to have in the back of your mind the possibility of an attack”. This meant police conducting a “risk matrix assessment” every time they were dealing with the public.
Police became the focus last September when 18-year-old Numan Haider was shot dead as he tried to stab two officers outside Endeavour Hills police station. Details of that attack remain unknown as a coroner prepares for an inquest.
But Sevdet Besim, 18, and an alleged co-conspirator Harun Causevic, 18, who are charged with planning an Anzac Day attack with police as the focus, were friends of Haider.
Monash University terrorism expert Greg Barton said it was “true that police will make a target”.
In Indonesia, after strong police action killed or arrested dozens of members of terror groups in the wake of a spate of bombings, jihadist groups turned their attention to what they called the “near enemy”, meaning police and security forces, not foreign interests.
Professor Barton said Australian jihadists are now showing signs of also focusing on the “near enemy”.
“As the police close the net and tighten it, then this is a sign that you’ve got to strike out against them. And with the Numan Haider case, it also become personal,” he said.
Many members of the broader Islamic community have also questioned why it took 200 heavily armed police to arrest five young men in 3am raids last weekend.
A video released this week by Islamic State recruiter, former Melbourne radical Neil Prakash, rammed the point home when he praised “my dear brother, Numan,” and urged followers to “rise up and attack them for them attacking you”.
Haider’s actions last September came just days after Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani urged individuals to launch attacks wherever they lived.