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The man tried and failed to go to Syria and Iraq.
The 22-year-old has been charged with two foreign incursion offences.
The Victorian man believes the charges are a conspiracy against the 'patriot movement'.
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In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Jakarta and Belgium, intelligence collectors and police everywhere are under immense pressure to collect the necessary intelligence to protect us from future violence. In this pressure-cooker environment the intelligence and police agency red lines for acceptable covert intelligence collection are at risk of being blurred.
An 18-year-old Sydney man has been charged with three counts of collecting documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts. The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested the man from Guildford late yest...
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The number of Australian police operating overseas is rapidly reducing due to the continuous erosion of the Australian Federal Police's budget by bureaucratic demands for financial efficiency dividends. This is likely to have short and long-term security implications for Australians abroad and at home.
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The Turnbull Government is poised to submit another tranche of counter terrorism laws to parliament. This will toughen the already 60 pieces of legislation addressing terrorism since 2002, and will set Australia on the path to being a world leader in the number of laws directly addressing national security.
For our Gen Y jihadists the seed of terrorism and extremism is more often than not planted through online grooming. Radicalisation takes place so quickly now: from online exploration to attack. To systematically counter this we need to understand the trigger points for change.