Australia Remains Prepared For Ongoing Threat Of Terrorism: PM
CANBERRA, Nov 23 (Bernama) — The Australian government continues to put into place measures, both locally and regionally, to ensure Australians remain protected from the threat of terrorism, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Parliament on Wednesday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
As the coalition-led fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the Middle East continues to ramp up, Turnbull said it was important that Australia be prepared for the inevitable influx of foreign fighters attempting to return “home.”
He told Parliament that after having the nation’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator review the current terrorism state-of-play, Australia and its partners in the region were well prepared to deal with the fallout.
“Over the past decade, we have built closer diplomatic and security relationships with our neighbours, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore,” Turnbull said.
“No one country can fight terrorism on its own. Our law enforcement and security agencies have long been prepared for this challenge and are constantly monitoring for any shift in the threat environment ahead.”
Turnbull said the review found that Australia could do more; the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator recommended the government put in place ways to further protect public spaces, as well as implement plans to identify and help those who may be “vulnerable to radicalisation.”
According to the government, Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains unchanged at “probable.”