In a speech to a South Australian Rotary Club, Senator Amanda Vanstone commented on the cost and effectiveness of national security measures: “(To) be tactful about these things, a lot of what we do is to make people feel better as opposed to actually achieve an outcome.”
Perhaps if there was not such an out of proportion fear campaign being perpetrated by Senator Vanstone’s government with the assistance of most of the main stream media, people mightn’t need all that public money spent trying make them ‘feel better’? As the good Senator herself said in her speech, “we should keep our perspective on these things.”
I wonder if the ‘essential’ new terror laws fall into this category of being brought in to make people feel better, rather than ‘achieve an outcome’? Unfortunately, many people – particularly Australian Muslims – are feeling a lot worse and a lot less safe. A bit of a debacle all round really.
(A recording of parts of this speech by Senator Vanstone was played on this morning’s episode of The Insiders (although this part of the transcript doesn’t seem to be online) on ABC TV. It is also mentioned on Lavratus Prodeo).
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