Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we're used to, and more inconvenience than we'd like.
Regrettably, for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift.
There may be more restrictions on some so that there can be more protections for others.
After all, the most basic freedom of all is the freedom to walk the streets unharmed and to sleep safe in our beds at night.
Creating new offences that are harder to beat on a technicality may be a small price to pay for saving lives and for maintaining the social fabric of an open, free and multicultural nation.
As a peaceful and pluralist democracy, we naturally shrink from getting involved in conflicts on the other side of the world.
It's our acceptance that people can live and worship in the way they choose that bothers them, not our foreign policy.
Still, even in what seem darkening times, I'm sure that we won't lose our perspective and will continue to keep things in proportion.
Thomas Loud is a passionate dude. He's intelligent, adventuresome and well-intentioned in his quest to save the world.
He's also completely fictional.
And yet his Twitter account, @ThomasLoud, posts two or three tweets a day — usually about some obscure or seemingly dangerous mission overseas.
Their mission ...
To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
To denounce any such attacks in the media;
To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.
To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.