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If the notion of being at home in one’s country is safe and reassuring, the homeland and the heartland of what we judge important, then the thought that a countryneeds its own homeland security is destined to create a sense of unease. Australia’s homeland security unit was set up in May 2003 (Riley), just weeks after theallies’ Coalition of the Willing had celebrated George W Bush’s declaration aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, of ‘Victory in Iraq’ (BBC). It might have been expected, inthis victorious glow, that the country would feel confidently able to return to a state of security. Apparently however – if paradoxically – it is only necessary to set upa department of Homeland Security when a country feels insecure. In a country of insecurity – and the dimensions of that insecurity were to be researched andteased out over the months and years to come – there are likely to be some people who feel more or less secure. What might the reasons be for people to feel fearfulin their own country?
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