WE SAY: Education’s key to stopping extremism
OUR VIEW: TOUGHER laws targeting home-grown terrorists can only ever be a short-term measure.
Britain admitted as much yesterday as it introduced new laws in an effort to stop Britons becoming involved with extremists in the Middle East, and to guard the country against attack.
In Australia, most of us were shocked by revelations that Australians - men, women and children - had joined in conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Muslim communities across Australia have condemned the madness of Islamic State extremists.
But the real questions the issues pose are why do Australians feel they need to become involved in such horrors and how do we effect- ively combat them without inflaming the situation?
Australian National Uni-versity's Greg Craven has a long-term solution that is simple and makes sense.
Prof Craven believes the problem stems from a lack of understanding and appreciation of Australia's extensive freedoms. He argues that results in passive disaffection - being unhappy with the country and its governments - followed by Australians looking elsewhere to find a place to pledge allegiance.
Given that, he argues it can be countered in the long term by reintroducing civics courses into our schools. Such courses explain not only how Australia works, but how to be part of it.
And it makes sense.