Australia’s spy chief vows to call out rightwing terrorism when there’s a specific threat

Australia’s spy chief vows to call out rightwing terrorism when there’s a specific threat

The Guardian

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Exclusive: Mike Burgess says agency’s shift in terrorism language not due to political pressure

Australia’s domestic spy chief has vowed to continue to call out rightwing violent extremism when he needs to identify specific threats, while insisting he faced no political pressure to shift his language on terrorism.

In an exclusive interview with Guardian Australia’s politics podcast, Mike Burgess said it was “simply ridiculous” to suggest he was banning particular words – but the Asio chief argued the previous labels “were too simple” when describing broad categories of violent extremism.

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