Rudd Warns Of Looming Australia Terrorist Attacks
February 24, 2010
The announcement comes a week after five Australian citizen extremists were accused of plotting a major jihad in the country.
“The threat of home-grown terrorism is now increasing,” he said in his speech on a report he had received from national intelligence agencies.
“This white paper is clear: some of the threat we now face comes from the Australian-born, Australian-educated and Australian residents.
“Terrorism continues to pose a serious threat and a serious challenge to Australia’s security interests. That threat is not diminishing.
“In fact, the government security intelligence agencies assess that terrorism has become a persistent and permanent feature of Australia’s security environment. These agencies warn that an attack could occur at any time.”
He has announced the placement of A$69 million that will go towards creating a control agency that will monitor and fight extremist activity in the country.
Tourists from ten high risk countries, including Libya and Pakistan, will also be fingerprint and face scanned using recognition technology upon entering the country.