School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Terrorism continues to have a significant impact on the lives of Australians. Whilst Australian cities remain untargeted during this present wave of terrorism, many Australians perceive the threat to be significant. Terrorism is offered for consumption daily in the news media and many Australians have seen the images of terrorism. In addition to television images, media consumers have been inundated with terrorism reporting on talkback radio, in feature films, and in newspapers. What impact does the perceptions wars on terrorism have on Australian society? Are the public more or less knowledgeable because of public debate? These are questions that need to be answered is Australia is to remain a safe and free country in which to live. In this paper, a content analysis is conducted on the Herald Sun newspaper in the week following the second Bali bombing on October 1, 2005. In particular the opinion editorials are examined. Australians have a right to know and understand the threat that terrorism poses in our cities. Public debate is not always a way that this can be achieved.