What should happen to citizens caught fighting for international terrorist organisations when they return to Australia?
In this video Dr Clarke Jones, who worked for the Australian Government for 17 years in national security in the fields of military, police and intelligence, recommends revising how they are rehabilitated back into society.
“Many of these individuals don’t feel part of Australian society,” he says of offenders.
“They feel they have been alienated from Australian society. They don’t trust Australian authorities. They think that the government is overly focusing on the Muslim community.”
He points to Sydney jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, who was released from a four-year jail sentence in 2009, for his role in the Pendennis terror plot, as an example of someone who did not benefit from existing imprisonment strategies.
Dr Jones is based at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.