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Reader riposte: Australian resilience


Sam Roggeveen


25 July 2008 11:06

Harry writes about Australia's ability to absorb and bounce back from a terrorist attack, aka 'resilience':

Three comments on your Securing Australia post.

  1. A 'post-attack recovery' programme might require a fair amount of planning: so much so that, to be serious, it could require entirely impossible scope and spending levels.
  2. Post-attack recovery will depend critically on the intangible of public morale which, pace the civil service, is not under bureaucratic or governmental control, or even the control of the television stations. Preparing the public mind beforehand for the possibility of an attack — as distinct from beating drums and creating public alarm in order to get more money for someone's preferred programme — could be critical.
  3. Is it impossibly cynical to note that this is one subject that lends itself to literally endless consulting, reporting and conferencing?

Harry, I'd say 'appropriately cynical', though it was a good conference.