MegaGeorge digs into the results of the most recent Australian Election Survey and reports that more than half of the respondents:
- are concerned that there will be a major terrorist attack in Australia in the near future; and
- support Australia’s involvement in the war on terrorism; but
- think Australia’s involvement in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism at home; and
- do not approve of John Howard’s handling of the war in Iraq; however, they
- do not believe freedom of speech should apply to terrorist sympathisers; and
- think that police should be able to search such people’s homes without a court order.
In other words, the majority of respondents appear to be worried about terrorism reaching Australian shores and want the government to do something about it. They draw the line at invading another country, but are comfortable with compromising civil liberties at home.
Of course, the questions about freedom of speech and search without a warrant are based on the premise that “groups that are sympathetic to terrorists” are readily identifiable, just like we knew that Haneef guy was a bad apple. I suspect that people would be a lot less happy if made aware that having their own door kicked in was a possibility.