Be alarmed? Australia's anti-terrorism kit and the politics of security

McDonald, Matt (2005) Be alarmed? Australia's anti-terrorism kit and the politics of security. Global Change, Peace and Security, 17 2: 171-189. doi:10.1080/14781150500091755

Author McDonald, Matt
Title Be alarmed? Australia's anti-terrorism kit and the politics of security
Journal name Global Change, Peace and Security   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-1158
Publication date 2005-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14781150500091755
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 171
End page 189
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In early 2003 the Australian government distributed an anti-terrorism kit to all Australian residences, aimed (according to the government) at indicating what was being done to protect Australians from terrorism and suggesting what Australians themselves could do to prevent or respond to a terrorist attack. I argue here that the kit portrayed the threat of terrorism as imminent and ubiquitous, and positioned militaristic responses to this threat as the most effective means of responding to it. Such representations may be viewed as attempts to justify anti-terror legislation and intervention in Iraq, and contribute to the legitimacy of the government more generally. I conclude by pointing to the choices inherent in the depiction of security and terrorism in this way, and to immanent possibilities for more alternative (and more normatively progressive) security discourses to emerge.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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