The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) today released a comprehensive report critiquing Australia’s national security regime, particularly highlighting the issues raised by recent counter-terrorism raids involving minors. The report, “Securitisation and Its Discontents: Rethinking Our Approach to Community Safety,” addresses the systemic issues within Australia’s national security measures that affect community safety and the experiences of the Muslim community.

The AFIC report outlines concerns over the overextension of counterterrorism laws, the subjective assessments of terrorism, and the problematic use of risk assessment tools. It calls for a balanced approach that respects both public safety and civil liberties, without disproportionately targeting any single community.

Dr. Rateb Jneid, President of AFIC, stated, “While we recognise the importance of national security, it is crucial that such measures do not compromise civil liberties and the trust between communities and the government. This report highlights the urgent need for a reassessment of our current security measures, which should be fair, transparent, and uphold the principles of justice and equity.”

The report advocates for several key reforms, including the removal of ‘religious cause’ from the definition of terrorism, a comprehensive review of the processes used by law enforcement during operations, and the implementation of more robust oversight and accountability mechanisms.

AFIC emphasises the importance of shifting from a security-only approach to include preventive measures that address the root causes of radicalisation through community support and integration initiatives. “We are committed to working constructively with government bodies to ensure that future security measures foster an environment of trust and safety for all communities,” added Dr. Jneid.

This report serves as a call to action for policymakers to seriously consider these recommendations and integrate them into a reformed national security strategy that aligns with democratic values and the principles of justice and equity.

AFIC, established in 1964, stands as the Peak Muslim Organisation in Australia, with 170 members including 9 State and Territory Councils. It has a rich history of pioneering numerous community services and actively advocating for the rights and representation of the Muslim community.


Dr Rateb Jneid, President

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