Morrison Response to Terror Attack

The aftermath of the violence in Melbourne’s Bourke Street this month, which claimed the life of restaurant owner, Sisto Malaspina, follows a familiar pattern in Australian politics.

This is a pattern in which Australian politicians push responsibility on to Muslim communities to do a better job at stopping terrorist attacks and call for immigration laws to be tightened.  According to our government mental health plays no part in the conversation, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison declaring mental illness a “lame excuse” for the actions of the Bourke Street Attacker.

Dr. Clarke Jones, a criminologist who works for  the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Hume Islamic Youth Centre breaks down the complexities behind why people commit terrorist attacks and how political responses to these attacks reverberate through Australian Muslim communities.


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