BETTER HUMANITARIAN THAN ALIVE – My former boss (very former, some ten years ago in a universe – and a portfolio- far far away) again has some blunt truths to say:

Foreign fighters returning to Australia remained a key concern for the government.

But while passports could be cancelled and travel documents taken away in some circumstances, it was still not legally possible to strip sole Australian nationals of their citizenship.

“The best outcome is for those who make a decision to fight in Syria, that they’re killed over there and don’t come back,” Mr Dutton said.

Entirely unexpectedly it offended Australia’s greatest living humanitarian, barrister Julian Burnside:

Wow indeed. As somebody subsequently asked Mr Burnside:


God forbid they should die; better they come back and blow up a few children or radicalise more people while in jail.