The determination of ASIO to increase the terror threat level and the Government’s decision to raise the National Terrorism Public Alert level to high is a most serious decision.
Since the current alert system started in 2003, four major terrorist attacks on Australian soil have been disrupted, with the participants prosecuted, convicted and jailed.
Labor has every confidence in our security agencies to keep Australians safe.
While we remain vigilant – Australians are smart and resilient people – and I know we won’t let threats interfere with the way we live our lives, or undermine our tolerant, inclusive society.
For the average Australian, these changes should not impact their daily lives.
Labor will continue to support the Government in its most important responsibility – ensuring the safety of Australian citizens.
The Prime Minister and I are partners when it comes to national security, and that is what Australians expect of us.
If people notice something out of the ordinary, they are encouraged to call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or contact local police.
FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014
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