Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis is an example of an ‘Australian’ who had a propensity towards violence, Aly said.
Australians who fight with Islamic State might have more in common with a pub brawler than the average Muslim, an expert in violent extremism has said.
As the government prepares to meet civil society groups this week to forge a strategy to fight Isis propaganda, Curtin University associate professor Anne Aly said on Tuesday there was a need to “revisit” the popular understanding of radicalisation.
Aly told the Lowy Institute that having a radical world view and actually committing violence had become conflated, and it was “not always the case” that one led to the other. “There are people who adopt those views and ideologies and continue on the path of peace,” she said…