Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, WA


Dr Anne Aly, Professor Lelia Green, Professor Mark Balnaves


On 20 November 2008, 29 participants came together for the Exploding Media Myths: Misrepresenting Australia Forum at the University of NSW in Sydney. The Forum was designed to bring together keynote speakers, academics, policy makers, the media and community to discuss the findings of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Australian Responses to the Images and Discourses of Terrorism and the Other: Establishing a Metric of Fear. Over the course of the day, the participants discussed a range of themes relevant to the media and its representation of Australia and Australian values in the context of increased incidences of vilification against Australian Muslims; a policy focus on social inclusion, citizenship and adherence to Australian values, and heightened levels of fear and anxiety about the state of security and infringements on civil liberties in a post 9/11 world.