18 September 2014
“Large-scale joint AFP/State Police operations in Sydney and Brisbane remind us that the terrorist threat is real and that our law enforcement agencies are responding with appropriate vigour,” Bennelong MP John Alexander said this morning.
“This is the largest counter terrorism operation in the nation’s history involving 600 AFP, NSW and Queensland police. Search warrants have been executed in Marsfield and Beecroft, reminding us that security concerns can occur within our own local community.
“Residents of Bennelong should report all suspicious activities to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400, or directly to local police through 000.
“The Federal Government is also taking strong action to equip our security agencies and border protection agencies with the resources and powers they need to detect terrorist activities at home and prevent radicalised foreign fighters from returning to Australia.”
More than $630 million has been provided to boost the counter-terrorism capacity of the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, ASIS, Customs and Border Protection and other agencies.
“We are also updating counter-terrorism legislation to strengthen our nation’s capability to prevent and disrupt domestic security threats,” John Alexander concluded.
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