The hotline clearly states its role as a reporting line, with information received relayed to ASIO, and federal and state police.
It received 5,293 calls in the two months of July and August this year.
Mr Elliot refused to say when the expanded marketing would take place or whether it would cost more money.
The Minister insisted the helpline had the support of the community."Early response from a number of community organisations about Step Together have been positive and many have appreciated being engaged about the initiative," he said. In reality, and in the streets of south-west Sydney, nobody is going to use this helpline because, they don't trust it," Dr Jamal Rifi said from his medical practice in the Sydney suburb of Belmore."We have always said that such an initiative needs to be arm's length from security agencies [and] from police."The helpline is run by an independent contractor but Dr Rifi said launching it under the Ministry for Counter Terrorism meant the service was doomed."I doubt it very much — people [using] this hotline …
The helpline markets itself as an advice and counselling service, and is staffed by professional counsellors seven days a week from am to pm.
whereas, the National Security Hotline, all these matters are well known."The National Security Hotline was set up in 2002 in the wake of the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and, closer to home, the Bali bombings.
In April, the VVAW stormed Washington in a week-long protest.
At its height, spokesman John Kerry went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to accuse the United States military of committing massive numbers of war crimes in Vietnam. The charges he made shocked and sickened a nation, changed the course of a war and stained the reputation of the American military for decades.
But the mass murder of civilians was never American policy in Vietnam. And the Winter Soldier tribunal itself -- which John Kerry had helped moderate -- turned out to be "packed with pretenders and liars." What happened when military investigators asked the "winter soldiers" for evidence of all the war crimes they had alleged?
Mostly stonewalling, backtracking, and statements that failed to support the VVAW's claims...